Cars & Sport

Two unrestored Mercedes 300 SLs could be yours

Calling all vintage car enthusiasts – two of the most desirable classic luxury cars are set to go under the hammer in August.

A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, both of which have clocked up a superficial amount of mileage, are set to be auctioned off by Gooding & Company at the Pebble Beach Auction in California.

interior of 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Image: Boss Hunting

Finding two models in this condition – original form and unspoiled – is a rare feat. A search rendered “almost impossible” according to Garth Hammers, specialist at Gooding & Company who stated “some 60 years on, it is almost impossible to find another pair of 300 SLs in their original family ownership and unrestored.”

The competition for these cars will be fierce with the Gullwing predicted to sit around $1,000,000 USD, while the SL Roadster is looking to sit between $800,000-$1,000,000 USD.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL series were first built by Daimler-Benz in 1954. From the beginning, they were marketed to upscale performance car enthusiasts as a toned down Grand-Prix car, with many referring to it as “a race car for the street.”

dark turquoise 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadste

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. Image: Boss Hunting

For those with a bit of dosh to spend, both the cars will be part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which will take place on Sunday 20 August. There is no more fitting place for these two car than with some of the finest exhibition cars in the world.

For more details on the auction, click here.

Feature credit and original source Boss Hunting