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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 is the other black-with-red-leather 1956 300 SL. number 198.040.6500214. A three-owner car in the of a single Toronto family 1957-2006, this example was to a frame-off restoration in 2007 the care of its second owner, and no was reportedly overlooked in the car’s Corroded lower body were replaced, new belly were fabricated, the engine was and repaired as necessary and the suspension was to its original specifications. Finally, the scheme was changed from red a green tartan cloth to its current livery.

Sold to the consignor in 2011, the car its show debut at the 2012 San Concours d’Elegance in California, the 300 SL took Best in Class Driven a mere 150 miles by its owner and a little more 1,000 miles by its current this example has seen 57,000 total miles beneath its wheels. Described as in its appearance, Gooding expects example to sell between and $1.7 million. So conceivably the gullwing could end up selling for than the restored example.

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).

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Mercedes-Benz 150H W30
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