Possibly the best looking Mercedes-Benz 300SL ’Gullwing’ ever has sold for an eye-watering $1,152,000 at auction on the Bring A Trailer platform.
Rarely seen on auction sites, the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL is only 1 of 1,400 Gullwing coupes built during a three-year production run and was shipped from the factory on February 22, 1957. The desirable German classic was delivered new on March 7, 1957, in Belgium where it remained with its first owner for 24 years.
Incredibly, the Mercedes then spent a further 22 years in the UK with its second owner before being acquired by the previous owners in 2003 and imported to Vancouver three years later. The car has approximately 91,000 km (56,000 miles) on its lazy speedometer and boasts matching-numbers engine and transmission.
Originally dressed in a period Silbergrau (Silver-Grey), the Gullwing was completely stripped to the bare metal and tastefully redressed in Blaugrau (Blue-Grey) by specialists Thornley Kelham.
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Leaving no stone unturned, the cabin was reupholstered and Blue-grey plaid cloth envelope the seat cushions. Other interior trim includes blue leather over the bolsters, seat backs, door panels, sills, and centre tunnel in lieu of the factory MB-Tex. Blue loop carpeting lines the floors and rear luggage shelf. A Becker Mexico radio, which would have been a $264 option in 1957, is also mounted under the dash.
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gallery
Images courtesy of Bring A Trailer