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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Gullwing
Gooding & Co. Geared Online, October 2020
Monday, 26 October - Friday, 30 October 2020
$1,254,000
Sale Price
$1M - 1.3M
Est. Range
30 October 2020
Sold Date
26
Lot Number
#2-
Older restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 1980407500027; Engine no. 1989806500320. Silver over green leather. 2996-cc, 240hp inline six, 4-speed, polished Rudge-style centerlock wheels, Michelin tires, Becker Mexico AM-FM radio, fitted luggage, hinged steering wheel, full belly pans, tools, books, manuals, work light and jack.

Evaluation: Restored in the late 1990s with color changed, Rudge-style wheels and sport camshaft added. Used sparingly since and in remarkable condition with only a few easily ignored flaws in the paint, body trim, and upholstery. The inconsistent engine number is attributed to an assembly line error that also appeared in the cars before and after it in the early 1957 chassis number sequence. Desirably maintained, extensively serviced in 2019 and likely to be very satisfying.

Bottom Line: A marvelous restoration of a sound and preserved original car that has survived extremely well with limited use and regular care, this result is a realistic response to its presentation and quality even while the $1.14M hammer bid neatly splits the $1-1.3M presale estimate range.

by Rick Carey
2 December 2020
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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.
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