1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Sale Price
$1,100,000 - $1,300,000
Est. Range
30 September 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. 1980428500081; Engine no. 1989807500725. Silver with blue cloth top over blue leather. 2996/250hp, 4-speed, body color wheels with polished rims, Michelin XWX tires, air conditioning added, Talbot outside mirror, Euro headlights, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Becker Mexico radio (modern AM/FM/CD head unit hidden under the dash.

Evaluation: Delivered new in white over red but repainted and retrimmed in the early 2000s. Discolored stone chip on the nose, crack by the left jack point. Good chrome. Surface creased upholstery. The hood fits slightly but visibly high. Discolored cockpit surround molding chrome. It is a sound SL, but not exceptional.

Bottom Line: This car struggled, not only to meet the expectations for a 300SL Roadster but also to find a buyer. The time from $960,000 to this sold bid was nearly interminable, at least ten minutes in all. The car, it should be noted, is nothing to write home about and the result is fair for its condition.

by Rick Carey
5 October 2022
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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