An automaker has hardly ever gotten issues as proper with a automobile as Mercedes-Benz did with the 300 SL Coupe. That didn’t cease the marque from persevering with to tinker with its design. Now a stunning instance of its convertible successor could possibly be yours.
A silver 1957 300 SL Roadster has simply been listed for personal sale in Monaco by RM Sotheby’s. It could lack the enduring gullwing doorways of its predecessor, however the absolutely restored pace machine remains to be mid-century auto design at its finest.
Launched in 1954, the 300 SL Coupe is extensively seen as one of the lovely sports activities automobiles of all time. Regardless of this, buyer curiosity within the street-legal model of the W194 race automobile had waned inside a few years of its launch, and the automaker was keen to provide its modern two-door a lift. The reply? Chop off its roof.
Mercedes did extra than simply lop off the 300 SL’s prime, after all. The automobile’s physique and area body needed to be tweaked and refined to account for such the modification. Mercedes additionally used the refined redesign as a chance to reply a few of clients’s largest complaints in regards to the 300 SL, in line with the public sale home. This included decreasing the sills of the automobile’s new typical doorways, which not solely made the automobile simpler to get out and in of but in addition elevated cabin room. The spare tire was additionally relocated to beneath the trunk flooring and the gas tank was diminished to extend usable cargo area.
This 300 SL Roadster has had simply six homeowners throughout its six a long time of life. It acquired an intensive restoration as not too long ago as 2017 and is completed in trademark silver with a basic crimson leather-based inside and black prime. It nonetheless options the identical M198 inline six engine it left the manufacturing facility with. This mill is mated to a four-speed guide and may generate as much as 240 hp, although we think about it hasn’t been pushed to the restrict a lot in latest a long time. You’ll nonetheless be capable of have enjoyable in it, although, if 64,000 miles on the odometer are something to go by. One good little addition: a period-appropriate matching baggage set that was commissioned to associate with its restoration.
The 300 SL Roadster isn’t simply one of many nice automobiles of the Nineteen Fifties; it’s additionally exceedingly uncommon. Mercedes made simply 618 examples of the mannequin in 1957 and just one,858 earlier than manufacturing ceased in 1963. That explains why its present proprietor is asking simply shy of $1.1 million for the automobile. But when basic automobiles are your calling, this convertible is tough to beat.
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