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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W198) VulcanVENDIDO

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

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PROVENANCE First Owner, Seattle, Washington (acquired new in 1957) Tom Gee, Worland, Wyoming (acquired from the above c. 1960) George Hansen and Family (acquired in 1965 via Big Horn Chevrolet) Current Owner (acquired from the above) Few models in the history of the automobile possess the thoroughbred bloodline of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. Descended from the dominant W194 competition cars and production Gullwing, the 300 SL Roadster, introduced in May 1957, represented a further refinement of this well-established yet innovative sports car design. Although the Roadster retained the advanced space-frame chassis, fuel-injected three-liter straight six, and fully independent suspension of the Gullwing, its conventional doors, revised cockpit, improved handling, and increased power made it a much more comfortable, well-rounded machine. The 300 SL Roadster’s unique blend of world-class performance, elegant styling, and extraordinary build quality earned it legions of admirers and the new open-top model outsold the Gullwing despite a significant increase in price. In all, Mercedes-Benz produced 1,858 examples of the 300 SL Roadster between 1957 and 1963. The 300 SL Roadster presented here, chassis 7500660, is exceptionally rare, as it is one of approximately 29 examples originally specified and delivered with the famous German-made Rudge wheels. These handsome knock-off wheels, which were offered as standard equipment on the factory’s alloy-bodied 300 SL Gullwings, lent the new Roadster a decidedly sporting appearance and highlighted its competition pedigree. Completed in December 1957, this 300 SL Roadster was originally finished in the elegant color scheme of Silver (DB 180) with red leather upholstery and a black soft top. Outfitted with a Becker Mexico radio, Karl Baisch luggage, Continental tires, and US equipment (including lighting and instrumentation), this Rudge-wheel Roadster was shipped to Amsterdam, where its original Seattle-based owner took delivery. In 1965, Mr. George Hansen purchased the 300 SL from Big Horn Chevrolet in Worland, Wyoming, and drove the car back to his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the next decade, the Mercedes-Benz was driven regularly and even took part in several autocross events and gymkhanas during the late 1960s. In the late 1980s, the Hansens and their 300 SL relocated to Northern California, where the car was eventually restored to its as-delivered appearance. German Auto Service in Alameda addressed the car’s mechanical systems, while Jack Carter and Gull Wing Group member Lee Chavez repainted the Roadster’s bodywork. The interior was expertly re-trimmed by Ken Neminick’s award-winning firm Vintage Auto Upholstery. Since the restoration was completed, the SL has been selectively displayed at local events, including the popular Concours on the Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Included with the sale is the rare, factory-supplied Karl Baisch fitted luggage set, along with a documentation file that includes a copy of the Mercedes-Benz Wagenkarte and Mr. Hansen’s original purchase paperwork from 1965. The most rare – and arguably most desirable – of all the 300 SL Roadsters, the factory-equipped Rudge wheel cars remain highly sought, as they offer an ideal combination of sporting character, event eligibility, and exclusivity in numbers. Never before offered for public sale, and benefitting from 55 years of single family ownership, this is a truly special 300 SL Roadster – one worthy of a place in the most discriminating collections.

Reference Number 589502

as of 4/21/2020

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