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1958 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster

Vehicle Description

1958 Mercedes Benz 300SL

Auction estimate  1.1M – 1.3M

• Copy of original build sheet
• Matching numbers chassis, body, engine, transmission and differential
• Recent high quality paint in original code DB-534: Fire Engine Red
• The original beige leather and top has been recently replaced with
• new saddle tan leather and tan top
• Delivered new to Caracas, Venezuela
• The car remained in Venezuela until it was imported to the United
States in 2014
• Factory 9.5:1 compression ratio 3.0L engine
• 4th and final version throttle body
• 4-speed manual transmission
• European Headlights
• White-painted auxiliary hardtop that fits well
• Original high-gloss chrome plated rims with painted centers
• Functional Becker Mexico Radio and VDO Clock
• Front and rear bumper guards
• Recent mechanical sorting, undercarriage detailing, new stainless
exhaust, new shocks, new brake booster and new interior installed by a
300SL specialist
• Restored tool kit and jack
• Reproduction owner’s manual
• 1 of 324 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadsters produced in 1958

Sold new in Caracas, Venezuela, this 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
remained in that South American country until it was imported to the
United States in 2014. Introduced at the Geneva Auto Salon in 1957,
the 300SL Roadster was the natural derivative of the famed 300SL
“Gullwing” Coupe that re-established postwar Mercedes-Benz as a
world-class sports-car manufacturer. Chief Engineer Rudi Uhlenhaut had
conceived the Gullwing’s predecessor, the racing-purposed W194, the
success of which led New York City automobile importer Max Hoffmann to
guarantee a thousand orders from his American clientele for a
road-going version. Uhlenhaut responded by marshaling what limited
resources he had at his disposal to produce the Gullwing Coupe, which
redefined the grand-touring automobile. The 300SL Roadster further
refined the concept, with an increase in its 3.0L inline-6 from 8.55:1
to 9.5:1 compression, an improved cam and fourth-generation Bosch fuel
injection combining for 250 HP. A new low-pivot rear independent
suspension improved road holding, and plusher seating and increased
luggage capacity made the roadster an all-around more comfortable
performer.
This lovely 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is documented
with a copy of the original build sheet that confirms its
matching-numbers chassis, body, engine, 4-speed transmission and
differential. Recently refinished in correct code-DB-534 Fire Engine
Red, its original beige top and interior were also replaced with a new
saddle leather interior and tan soft top accompanied by a well-fitting
white-painted auxiliary hardtop. It has also received a mechanical
sorting that included undercarriage detailing, new stainless-steel
exhaust, new shocks and a new brake booster, all performed by a 300SL
specialist. Fitted with European headlights, bumper guards and the
original high-gloss chrome-plated wheels with painted centers, it
includes a functional Becker Mexico radio, VDO in-dash clock, tool
kit, jack and a reproduction owner’s manual. One of only 324 produced
in 1958, this Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster’s beautiful cosmetics,
superb mechanicals and documented matching numbers highly recommend it
to the demanding collector.

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Vehicle Details

  • Auction: Amelia Island Select – 2018
  • Lot: 241
  • Status: Consignment
  • Year: 1958
  • Make: Mercedes Benz
  • Model: 300SL

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