1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL RoadsterSOLD

With Hardtop

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The car offered here is a 1962 300 SL Roadster with disc brakes and aluminium block (matching numbers), restored by Garage Dupertuis in Aigle (Switzerland) at a cost of over CHF38,000 in May 2005. The detailed dossier that comes with the car contains a break-down of the following mechanical work carried out (sub-contracted to Duam Motor SA): full dismantlement and cleaning of the engine suite (due to unsatisfactory performance); resurfacing of the flywheel; honing of the cylinders; repairing of pistons (grooves, segmentation, pawls); molygraphite treatment of pistons; mounting and adjusting of connecting-rod bushings and main bearings; repairing of connecting rods; balancing of crankshaft/clutch; repairing of oil passages, distribution (drive pinion and chain); repairs to valves and rocker arms; replacing of metal air-filter by a modern filter; repairs to injection system (pumps and injectors) and the oil and fuel passages; repair of ignition; new clutch; repair of starter; checking brakes and correcting the steering; installing a cut-out switch, etc.

This is the finest and the most accomplished of the 300 SL Roadsters. The metallic grey paintwork and black leather interior are in superb condition. It is rare to find a roadster with an aluminium block and disc brakes, and this one also has a hard-top with mobile storage system installed by the owner.

More than an automobile - a myth!

This car is coming with Swiss registration papers, import duties and taxes will apply to the buyer in the country of destination

Reference Number 87089

as of 6/20/2010

Overview
Car 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
VIN 198 042 10 003 070 
Exterior / Interior Color      Light Grey /      Black 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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Known History

It was Max Hoffman, an importer of European luxury sports and cars, who presented two new Mercedes sports models at the 1954 New York Auto Show: the 190 SL and the 300 SL Roadster. The latter was an adaptation, for road use, of the 300 SL sports car with its distinctive 'gull-wing' doors. Although more civilized than a factory car, the 300 SL remained a car for drivers who preferred performance over comfort. In fact, access remained tricky due to the height of the doors, which limited sales in the United States, its principal market. Mercedes-Benz nonetheless sold 1,400 cars in four years but, faced with a slump in demand in 1956, again bowed to American pressure and proposed a convertible version, the Roadster, unveiled in Geneva in March 1957. The most visible feature was its conventional doors, made possible by changes to the chassis, now strengthened to compensate for the removal of the roof.

 

This splendid cabriolet, just as rugged in appearance as the 'gull-wing' coupé, targeted clients more interested in a grand tourer than a racing car. Even so, the refined mechanics had been further improved. The engine, still using direct injection, delivered 250bhp SAE, while the last roadsters of 1962/3 would receive an aluminium block and four disc brakes. A top speed of over 140mph was ample for cabriolet gran turismo. Another major improvement concerned the adoption of a new rear end, still of the broken-axle type but with a lowered articulation point and horizontal compensator spring. Variations to the rear body were reduced, and road-holding around bends became less… unpredictable. These mechanical refinements attracted a new clientèle, and sales of the Roadster reached 1,858 - 400 more than for the 'gull-wing' coupé. Thanks to its qualities on the road, easy driving, and timeless elegance, the popularity of the 300 SL Roadster continued to climb.