Numbers-matching Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe goes to show heads at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale public sale.
Ask anybody what they take into account to be probably the most stunning automotive ever conceived, and likelihood is, they’ll say the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. This iconic machine has been extremely coveted because the day it arrived on this earth, and curiosity in it has solely grown lately – to not point out values. Thus, we’ll be protecting an in depth eye on this gorgeous, restored 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe when it crosses the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale public sale subsequent month.
This Gullwing is a bit particular for plenty of causes, nevertheless it’s additionally fairly vital for Barrett-Jackson, which is celebrating its fiftieth 12 months within the enterprise. And what higher solution to mark that momentous event than with a loaded docket starring a uncommon (one among 855 construct in 1955), numbers-matching, restored Gullwing?
“Among the star collectible autos crossing the block at no reserve in Scottsdale include vital provenance,” stated Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The 1955 300SL Gullwing coupe is a kind of autos that we’re really excited to supply at no reserve. Not solely is that this Gullwing one among simply 1,400 of a complete manufacturing run, however its pedigree additionally features a first-place win on the 1957 Havana Gran Premio Nationwide Race. That is an unbelievable likelihood to not simply personal a major car however assist write the subsequent chapter in its evolving legacy.”
This explicit Gullwing was initially delivered to Havana, Cuba with its special-ordered Strawberry Pink Metallic paint to the Ministry of Police earlier than it was offered and subsequently rallied by skilled race automotive driver Santiago “Chaquito” Gonzales. The automotive made its solution to the U.S. in 1961 and was restored by that third proprietor within the Nineties, whereas the fourth proprietor rebuilt its engine again in 2003.
Trying no worse for put on immediately, this particular Gullwing remains to be powered by its unique M198 3.0-liter SOHC inline-6 engine with Bosch mechanical direct gasoline injection and dry sump lubrication, mated to a 4-speed guide transmission. The coupe has a mere 59k miles on the clock immediately, and options just a few good choices together with an upgraded beige leather-based inside with VDO gauges, a wooden steering wheel, and non-factory custom-made baggage.
This gorgeous Gullwing coupe is sure to draw vital curiosity when it hits the block, notably because it’s promoting with no reserve. So ensure and tune in to Barrett-Jackson’s flagship Scottsdale public sale, happening January 22-30, to catch all of the motion!