The ultimate and iconic in all-around sports car that combined more desirable features in one streamlined package, the Alloy Gullwing is truly the most significant road-going Mercedes-Benz of the post-war era. The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Sport Leicht’, the race car for the street best known for its distinctive gull-wing doors, first ever consumer fuel injection, world’s fastest top speed, and low production numbers is considered as one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz models. And, this becomes apparent from the sale of 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing for $4.62 million, which is one of only 29 alloy-bodied Gullwings to have been produced by noted German automaker. Now, another stunning example of the highly-coveted car in perfect condition after being meticulously restored, the ultra-rare 20th of 29 examples will go under the hammer at RM Auctions’ upcoming annual sale in London on 31st October, with a guide price of $5.18 million.
This particular model of the highly sought-after 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing with chassis no. 198043-5500786, comes finished in a desirable silver exterior with a red leather interior.
Historically, the car was originally delivered to a Swiss industrialist back in 1955 in a coat of ivory white.
Notably, the original 300SL (Mercedes W194) race car first appeared at the 1952 Mille Miglia, where it scored 2nd and 4th places, and in the same year it bought wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The racing success combined with unrivalled looks, soon led to the production of a road car.
Also, we have recently seen the sale of lost Mercedes 1927 supercharged ‘S’ type that fetched a total of $4.55 million, besides the finest piece of automotive crafting, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing crafted entirely out of wood, and the special edition Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coffee table book which is described as an essential reference and inspiration for all lovers of this automotive heart-stopper.
UPDATE: A 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing was the most highly valued car in the auction and it failed to sell after it received a maximum bid at 2.4 million pounds.
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