We know we have a fixation on classic Porsches, and this is why we’re running this story – actually we’re giving it to you because we love all things beautiful in the automotive world, and it doesn’t get any better than this.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupe is certainly one of the most desirable models of the 1950s era, thanks to those astonishing gullwing doors and great performance for the time. But collectors know there’s one thing arguably even better – getting the Mercedes with the top down, as in getting a unit such as this amazing 1960 300SL Roadster set to go under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction in Santa Monica, California, on June 24. By the way, in case you haven’t noticed, the 300SL Roadster series is going to celebrate it’s 60th anniversary this year.
Mercedes went all out on the build with this one – with reinforced and lowered space-frame chassis, classic hinged doors and lower sills that made access easier. A design difference is the use of a smaller grille opening compared to the hardtop – and exclusivity was met by the production run of a mere 1,858 units between 1957 and 1963. This particular example was at first painted Fire Engine Red, but the restoration that kicked off in 2005 went for the “green with envy” hue named Light Green Poly.