1955 MercedesBenz 300 SL alloybody gullwing The ultimate barn…

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL alloy-body The ultimate barn find?

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gullwing in a California garage among old equipment. Photo courtesy of Koniczek

In case you think all of the barn finds are gone, one that may literally be for the record when all is said and done: an alloy-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupe.

Rudi Koniczek a thing or two about gullwings, restored quite a few of them the years at his Victoria, British shop, Rudi and Company. He knows that of the 29 alloy-bodied specials built by Stuttgart, 28 had been accounted for, number 21 on the M.I.A. list for some time. With of alloy body numbers one and six his belt, he was hardly a stranger to rare models either.

Rumors of the unaccounted-for 300 SL residing in a Monica, California, garage had Koniczek and a California-based friend for But as the Vancouver Sun reported recently, locating the owner – who knew he had buried in his garage – Koniczek was able to verify the car for a buyer.

Owner Tom Welmers’ parents had him the car in 1955 as a gift for his college He drove it until the early when the transmission failed. me if you’ve heard this one After partially disassembling the car the intention to fix it, Welmers let it sit… for decades. And while it sat, he to accumulate stuff in his garage.


So even after reaching an agreement the owner to examine it, Koniczek couldn’t see the car, as it was parked in a jam-packed with old mainframe Welmers had been an executive in the industry during its infancy and the machines as they were According to Koniczek associate Dening of Spirited Automobiles. it Koniczek, “his friend and hired laborers two 10-hour just to clear enough around the car to walk around

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But once he could get close to the Koniczek was able to confirm the body with a simple of a magnet that had no attraction at all to the rarity. It took yet another day of lifting to clear enough to get at all of the removed parts stored on in the back of the garage.

Although standard 300 SL steel-body had alloy doors, hood and the lightweight models had an all-alloy along with Plexiglas for lighter weight. Mercedes-Benz fitted them with and lowered suspension, a high-lift knockoff Rudge wheels and brakes.

Koniczek now has the car in his Victoria shop and reports that the buyer, ironically enough in Santa has contracted with Koniczek to the car to its original condition, something wishes to see. While reported no sale price, gullwings are valued well the seven figures. Considering the provenance, this car will break that barrier as

It’s good to know even if it seems that all of the ones are taken when it to barn finds, something as as this 300 SL shows up.

Mercedes-Benz F 300
Mercedes-Benz F 300
Mercedes-Benz F 300

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