1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

The beginnings of the legendary 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing harkened back to the road racing scene of the early 1950s. Mercedes-Benz wanted to get back into racing so they designed what they believed to be the best car for road racing competition. It was called the 300SL and was the first of a long series of SL touring cars that would capture the eye of sports car lovers worldwide. In 1952 the W194 model 300SL scored overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in Bern-Bremgarten, in the sportscar race of the Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring, and in Mexico’s Carrera Panamericana. The “300” indicated the three litre engine displacement, and “SL” stood for “Sport Leicht” (Sport Light).

This car has been SOLD.

New York Mercedes distributor Max Hoffman, Daimler-Benz’s official importer in the USA, had the idea of a tamer street version of the W194 could be a commercial success in an affluent post-war America. The suggestion met with favor among Daimler-Benz AG management in Stuttgart. The street version 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was introduced at the New York Auto Show in 1954.

The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (pictured here) was special ordered in the fall of 1954. Final completion and acceptance of this 300SL took place on Saturday, January 8th 1955. The car was later sold by it’s first owner to help fund the purchase of a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast. The second owner was also a sports car enthusiast and this 300SL joined his small collection. It was finally sold to it’s previous owner in early 1973 and has been owned and greatly enjoyed over the last forty plus years.

Gullwing Motor Cars tells us the car runs and drives well and comes with it’s original tools, books and jack. They say it has never been damaged, and the mileage is accurate.The car now shows just over 50k miles. Their comment is that it still shows beautifully after all these years.

The identifying features of the 300SL were, of course, its distinctive gullwing doors. But the fascinating Mercedes-Benz Gullwing also was the first-ever fuel injected production car. It held the world’s top speed record at that time too. The 300SL coupe was produced from 1955 to 1957, while a roadster version became popular from 1957 to 1963, first in a long line of Mercedes SL roadsters.

The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is on the top ten list of car collectors worldwide. It will be the crown jewel of any collection. It is currently available for sale at Gullwing Motor Cars in Astoria, New York.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

 

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