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Unrestored or pristine? A tale of two gullwings to play out at auction

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Photos of the unrestored car by Henniker, courtesy Gooding

The likelihood of encountering two black-with-red-leather-interior Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupes at a single isn’t great, given Mercedes-Benz produced only 108 gullwings out of the 1,400 total. The will align next however, as two gullwing coupes cross the stage in Phoenix, and both share the same and year of manufacture, the cars not be more different. One is a near-original rich with patina and in of attention from years of while the other is restored to condition; which is the better will be determined by the bidders.

First up, an unrestored 1956 300 SL. number 198.040.6500299, equipped with its body, chassis and fuel-injected inline six-cylinder engine, rated at 215 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of The majority of the car’s black was applied at the factory, though is clear that “a few minor have been touched up the years. Inside, the red leather shows its age, with that are both stained and from use and long-term storage. To the car exhibits a fine patina, and only a sympathetic mechanical to be perfect, while others see this example as an ideal for a body-off restoration.


Delivered new in April 1957 to its owner, an engineer at Northrop in Inglewood, California, the car was sold to enthusiast Daniel Jampol a few later. In 1965, it was purchased by Robar, who enjoyed the car for a decade parking it in his Southern California Robar kept the car registered for use 1983, so perhaps the plan was to the car or to undertake needed repairs, but 1983 until its discovery in the car remained untouched in storage, of the Robar family, and currently one of the few remaining unrestored 300 SL coupes.

This example includes its tool roll, side storage bag and Michelin X spare Though its exterior carries the and scrapes of a life well and its interior, complete with carpeting and sagging headliner, is in show-worthy condition, the real of the car lies in its relatively untouched Gooding anticipates a selling between $1.1 and $1.4

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Photos of the car by Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy and Company.

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At the opposite end of the condition spectrum is the black-with-red-leather 1956 300 SL. chassis 198.040.6500214. A three-owner car in the ownership of a Toronto family from this example was treated to a restoration in 2007 under the of its second owner, and no detail was overlooked in the car’s refurbishing. lower body panels replaced, new belly pans fabricated, the engine was pulled and as necessary and the suspension was overhauled to its specifications. Finally, the color was changed from red with a tartan cloth interior to its livery.

Sold to the consignor in the car made its show debut at the San Marino Concours d’Elegance in where the 300 SL took Best in honors. Driven a mere 150 by its second owner and a little than 1,000 miles by its owner, this example has only 57,000 total pass beneath its wheels. as “outstanding” in its appearance, Gooding this example to sell $1.37 and $1.7 million. So the unrestored gullwing could end up for more than the restored

Gooding Company’s Scottsdale will take place 17-18 at the Scottsdale Fashion in Scottsdale, Arizona. For additional visit GoodingCo.com .

UPDATE The unrestored coupe sold on January 17, for a price of $1,897,500 buyers fees, while the coupe sold on Saturday, 18, for a price of $1402,500 (also fees).

Mercedes-Benz 150H W30
Mercedes-Benz 150H W30
Mercedes-Benz 150H W30

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