The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is undoubtedly one of the biggest automotive legends ever. And as it turns out, one beautiful example is going under the hammer as part of the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island event.
The first 300 SL Gullwing appeared back in 1952 as the W194 sports racer, and saw series production just a year later. This particular pristine unit is just one of the first 167 examples built, and is going to the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale in March with a serious purse in mind. It was owned in the past by a Gullwing Group chapter president, and the car has been in exemplary condition all its life. Back in 2007 it underwent a full chassis restoration, and in 2009, the 3.0-liter straight-six was also completely overhauled. Chassis number 4500116 has all the necessary documentation such as restoration invoices, photos, and correspondence.
The exterior is finished in a new dark blue shade with matching dark blue Rudge wheels. The factory execution included a 3.64:1 rear-axle ratio, a side mirror, a Becker radio, and an accessory luggage set made by Taris Charysyn and Co – which is actually available as well included in the purchase. There’s a new caramel leather interior as well as a new wood-rimmed steering wheel.