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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Roadster
$1,066,500
Sale Price
$1,000,000 - $1,200,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
22 January 2021
Sold Date
138
Lot Number
#2+
Recent restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 1980427500592; Engine no. 1989807500488. Light Green Metallic with dark green cloth top over dark green leather. 2996/250hp, fuel injection, 4-speed, body color reproduction Rudge-style centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin Harmony tires, fitted luggage, tools, ivory steering wheel and shift knob, owner's manual.

Evaluation: Represented as the original engine (located and reinstalled in its most recent restoration). Electronic assist power steering added. Excellent color change paint, upholstery, chrome, and top. The chassis and engine compartment are restored like new without going too far. A beautiful 300SL meticulously restored in unusual and attractive colors in the last five years, looks like five months.

Bottom Line: Reported sold by Gooding at Amelia in 2014 for $946,000 before the original engine was found and installed during the most recent round of restoration. There was much online bidding interest but the final result was modest considering the original engine, attractive color, and pristine condition. It is a good value for the new owner.

by Rick Carey
8 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
N/A
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