RM Sotheby’s is auctioning a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. The convertible was first introduced as a concept in ‘56 as a replacement for the iconic 300 SL Gullwing based on customer feedback citing difficulties in entering and exiting the car and boot space.
The roadster maintains its classic paintwork, presented in silver with a bright red leather interior treated by the experts at the Paris Pagode. An extensive restoration was performed in 2017 while maintaining the original engine, and an accompanying period-correct suitcase was commissioned to complete the authentic offering. The vehicle is fitted with an M198 inline six-cylinder engine delivering 240 horsepower, and a four-speed manual transmission.
With a low profile and convertible top, the car was an ideal style for Mercedes-Benz‘s target customers in California. This model, however, spent its first three decades with the same owner in Bordeaux, France before it was put on display at the Automobile and Locomotion Museum of La Réole, in Bordeau. While the vehicle is more than 60 years old, just 64,000 miles are clocked on the odometer.
The rarity and timeless charm of this one of 680 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster bring the asking price to €925,000 EUR (approximately $1.07 million USD). The car is now open for inquiry on the RM Sotheby’s website.
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