Launched in 1954, the production 300SL retained the spaceframe chassis and lightweight aluminium-alloy bodywork of the W194 racer while its mechanical underpinnings, like the latter s, owed much to the contemporary Mercedes-Benz 300 luxury saloon. A 2,996cc overhead-camshaft inline six, the 300SL s engine was canted at 45 degrees to achieve a low bonnet line, and produced 215bhp using Bosch mechanical fuel injection. A four-speed, all-synchromesh manual gearbox transmitted power to the hypoid bevel rear axle. Its racing parentage notwithstanding, the 300SL remains a thoroughly practical car, as civilised in city traffic as it is exhilarating on the autostrada. By the time 300SL Coup production ceased in 1957, some 1,400 examples had found customers.
Rare and most sought-after, the 300SL Gullwing is one of the best automotive investments one can make and this particular example is not to be overlooked.
- Life-Long Black-Plate California Car
- Out of 50 Year Ownership
- Retaining its Matching Numbers Engine
- Originally Born in Rare and Desirable DB 50 White
- Gorgeous Plaid Red Interior
- Offered publicly for the first time in 5 decades
- Beautiful Example and Excellent Driver
- Iconic Gullwing and a Superb Investment