On 6-7 April RM Sotheby’s will hit Fort Lauderdale with its 16th annual event, attracting a wide range of supreme cars across a two day high octane auction frenzy. The sale will include everything from American classics to European sports cars, hot rods, customs, Detroit muscle and modern collectables.
One of the highlights of this classic extravaganza will be a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, offered for a staggering $1,200,000 – $1,500,000.
The Mercedes offered is the desirable and highly acclaimed convertible version of the much celebrated 300 SL Gullwing. The car boasts an incredible historic track record such as:
- Offered from four decades of single ownership; a frugal 36,600 original miles recorded
- Late-production example with disc brakes and alloy engine block
- Desirable European specification in wonderful original colours
- Documented with its Mercedes-Benz build information
- A much-loved roadster with charming history and patina
Sothebys reported there was no denying the 300 SL’s mechanical performance, which had decidedly improved in the roadster, with the updated six-cylinder engine receiving the competition camshaft used in the NSL racing coupes, good for a lift of 20 hp.
Handling also benefited from a revised rear suspension with a lower axle pivot-point, minimizing the tendency for oversteer. Despite the added weight of chassis reinforcement required by an open model, the roadster was every bit the performance car that the Gullwing had proven itself to be.
File information accompanying the glorious Benz indicates that the car was commissioned by the one and only Sophus Kruse, owner of a prominent Hamburg real estate firm.
Unusual spec shows the Roadster in Mercedes Blue (DB 335) over Light Yellow (1065) leather with a cream top, lined in matching Light Yellow, and traditional Continental tyres. Single piece Euro headlights were fitted to this Euro-spec car, whilst the braking and power-plant were upgraded respectively by four-wheel disc brakes and alloy block. These desirable features were only given precedence on 210 vehicles built.
The current owner was so besotted by the seller, Roger Miller, a Ford dealer in Wauseon, he was tempted to buy his 300 SL coupe at the same time, but eventually decided this would be risky given he was also purchasing a new house at the same time.
An amazing vehicle with an even more amazing price tag.
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Images courtesy of Sotheby’s and full article can be found here.