A rare 1957 Mercedes just auctioned for R19 million — see inside the pristinely restored icon
- The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is one of the most iconic cars the German automaker has ever made.
- Recently, a 1957 300SL Gullwing sold for $1.15 million – the equivalent of R19 million – on car auction website Bring a Trailer.
- Between 2014 and 2016, it underwent a huge restoration. It looks pristine now.
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Among Mercedes cars, the 300SL Gullwing is perhaps the most iconic. With a classic Mercedes front fascia and striking gull-wing doors, the 300SL represents some of the best of Mercedes design, ever. Examples of the car regularly fetch more than $1 million, like this one from car auction website Bring a Trailer.
On September 25, this 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing sold for $1.152 million (the equivalent of R19 million), according to its listing. Shipped from the Mercedes factory on February 22, 1957, the listing said it's one of the 1,400 Gullwing coupes built over the course of three years of production.
Read on to learn more about it. Trust me — you'll want to see this interior.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is perhaps one of the most iconic Mercedes cars ever built. This blue one just sold for $1.152 million – the equivalent of R19 million – on a car auction site called Bring a Trailer.
It had about 56,000 miles (90,000km) shown on its odometer.
It has a number-matching inline-six engine as well as a numbers-matching four-speed transmission — a term used in the business to denote authenticity.
A 2014-to-2016 restoration included an engine rebuild.
And just look at this interior!
During the restoration, the cabin got a re-upholstery.
The blue leather of the door sills, door panels, and bolsters looks great with the blue-on-gray plaid cloth seat covers.
There's a Becker Mexico radio underneath the dash.
In 1957, that radio was a $264 option. In today's money, that's about R4,000.
Back in the 1950s, an Austrian-born, New York-based luxury car importer named Max Hoffman pushed for the 300SL's development.
Source: Automobile Magazine
He encouraged Mercedes to build a sports car that would be a hit with US buyers.
The eventual 300SL Gullwing wore design cues from Mercedes' W194 race cars.
Read more: Mercedes-Benz
Including the striking gull-wing doors.
The 300SL Gullwing debuted at the 1954 New York Auto Show.
This particular example has 15-inch painted wheels from the factory.
The engine produces a factory-claimed 215 horsepower.
Whoever bought it truly got something special.
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