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Immaculate Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing sells for $1.15 million

It doesn't look a day over 63, and it isn't a cent over $1.152 million.

42w ago
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It isn't common to see million-plus dollar cars listed to online bidding site Bring A Trailer (BaT). The most expensive car ever sold on the site is BaT's own no reserve 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL which went for $1,234,567 USD just last year, and now a recent listing of another 300SL has sold on the site, coming close to the record.

Credit: Bring A Trailer

Credit: Bring A Trailer

This stunning Gullwing is one of 1,400 Coupes made between 1954 and 1957, originally delivered to Belgium in 1957 where it resided for the next 24 years. After changing hands to a UK buyer, it eventually left Europe bound for Canada in the hands of the original owners in 2006.

Credit: Bring A Trailer

Credit: Bring A Trailer

Between 2014 and 2016, this 300SL underwent a significant restoration, altering the car from its original 'Silbergrau' silver to 'Blaugrau' blue. Interior upholstery was recreated as per the factory spec sheet, and all parts used were original, including the numbers-matching straight-six engine and four-speed transmission.

With an odometer showing 91,046 kilometers (56573 miles), this car clearly hasn't remained a garage queen for at least some of its life.

The engine, a factory M198 3.0L inline-six produces 215 horsepower at 5,800rpm, which allowed the car to post a naught-to-sixty acceleration figure of just 7.1 seconds and onto an Automobil Revue tested top speed of 150.7 miles per hour (242.5km/h). This made it the world's fastest production car at the time, smashing the previous record of 124.6 mph (200.5km/h) set by the Jaguar XK120.

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Comments (14)

  • Comparing to those silly expensive classic Ferraris, this is worth the money!

    This is still one of the best looking cars ever exsisted today!

      9 months ago
  • That's right perty.

    Saw one in red on red in Memphis in 03. I asked about reliability and the owner said he would not hesitate to hop in and drive to San Francisco. So, yeah. Still an awesome vehicle.

      9 months ago
  • If I had the money I’d already have one and would have bought it years ago. However at the prices these are selling at, I’d want to realise the cash and would be looking to sell it.

      9 months ago
  • This one looks like a "bargain". Even on Bat site one failed to sell when bidding stopped at US$1.4 mil in May this year and one was sold at No Reserve in June this year for $1.234 mil. And, if my memory serves me right, there were price close to US$1.8 mil at Bonham or Sotheby's. Although, is it a "bargain" or sellers are coming down to Earth in these uncertain times? Incidentally, few years ago I saw two of them, several 300sl and 190sl parked in one of the streets near Munich Olympic Stadium. This is right in the middle of BMW territory.

      9 months ago
    • Agreed cheapest Gullwing I've seen for while. Worth noting that BaT's vs Bonhams (and the other auction houses) commision structure mean the both vendors probably took home about the same money on these sales after fees.

        9 months ago
  • It’s beautiful.

      9 months ago
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