On the public sale organized by the well-known Sotheby’s public sale home on January 27, 2022, in Arizona, three Mercedes 300 SL fashions are provided: a Mercedes 300 SL Roadster and two Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. Certainly one of them is extra particular and prices between 7 and 9 million USD.
A restored Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing usually prices between $ 1.3 million and $ 1.5 million as we speak. There are additionally copies which can be bought at barely greater costs in the event that they belonged to a star as a result of among the many house owners of 300 SL Gullwing had been additionally film stars corresponding to Tony Curtis, Romy Schneider, Clark Gable, Gina Lollobrigida, well-known racing drivers like Juan Manuel Fangio or kings and princes. For instance, Clark Gable’s automotive was auctioned off in 2013 in Arizona for $ 1.85 million.
However Sotheby’s estimates the worth of this Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, which might be auctioned on January 27, 2022, in Arizona between $ 7 million and $ 9 million. Why a lot?
Of the 1,400 coupe fashions produced between 1954 and 1957, solely 29 had an aluminum physique. and this auctioned one is among the 29 fashions with an aluminum physique.
Shoppers might order the automotive with an aluminum physique. Thus, Mercedes despatched the tubular body to the racing division that modified the metal physique with an aluminum one, and thus the automotive’s kerb weight was diminished from 1310 to 1203 kg.
This Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing is particular not just for its physique but in addition for its engine. The primary proprietor additionally ordered a barely extra highly effective NSL engine with modified camshafts and a better compression ratio which led to a rise in energy from 215 to 240 HP. Solely about 280 models acquired this extra highly effective engine, of which only some have this mixture – aluminum physique and extra highly effective engine.
Due to this fact, this Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing is tremendous unique and thus justifies the asking worth.
The coupe variations have a chassis sequence beginning with 198040. Those with the aluminum physique are distinguished by the physique sequence beginning with 198043.
The mannequin with aluminum physique provided on the public sale on January 27 has the physique sequence 198043.5500332.
The Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing provided on the public sale on January 27, 2022 is the thirteenth of 24 with an aluminum physique produced in 1955 and was ordered by the racing driver and Mercedes consultant in Casablanca, Morocco, Joseph F. Weckerlé. The mannequin got here out from the manufacturing line in Unterturkheim on Might 27, 1955, and was delivered two weeks later. Sotheby’s estimates that it was the one 300 SL delivered in Africa.
It has an aluminum physique and is completed in Silver Grey Metallic (DB 180) over a blue vinyl / blue gabardine material inside (L1). Extra manufacturing facility specs embrace a full complement of fascinating options such because the high-speed 3.42 rear axle with uprated metric 270-kph speedometer and Becker radio.
The automotive was purchased in 1962 by Mercer D. Helms of Montgomery, Alabama, and was delivered to the USA. In 1975 it was resold to Jack Jr. of Dallas, Texas, who despatched it for restoration to the world’s largest 300 SL restaurateur, Paul Rusell and Firm of Essex, Massachusetts. The restoration operation value $ 45,000 ($ 172,000 as we speak).
After the restoration, the automotive was purchased in 1982 by Hyatt Cheek, who was director-at-large on the Mercedes-Benz Membership of America’s (MBCA) Nationwide Board. Hyatt drove the automotive to varied occasions organized by the MBCA. In 2014, the automotive was resold for the fourth time.