Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing" and 300SL Roadster join the premium winter motorcar auction in the Arizona desert
25 November 2013 – San Francisco – Two Mercedes-Benz 300SLs, widely considered among the top sports cars ever built and definitive hallmarks of mid-century engineering, have been consigned to Bonhams Scottsdale Auction in January.
A 300SL Coupe and 300SL Roadster – the most desired of all post-war production models from the storied Stuttgart marque – will take pride of place at what has become one of the most anticipated auctions on the global automotive calendar. And with both iconic models of the 300SL represented, enthusiasts will have a rare opportunity to bid on their preferred version of the car that wowed the world and gave Mercedes-Benz sex appeal in America.
The 300SL was the fastest production car of its day and was born from the extremely successful racing model W194 that streaked to wins and podium placements at the Mille Miglia, Le Mans 24 Hours, Carrera Panamericana and Nürburgring, among others. It was an exciting time for Mercedes-Benz and the legendary status attributed to these machines is well earned. The 300SL was built with the very first fuel injection system on a production car and fitted with racing-derived gearboxes. Production numbers were low and both variations of the 300SL possessed impressive performance and timeless aesthetics. Because of these virtues, values have increased tremendously as collectors' appreciation grows for these landmark models.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe – famously nicknamed the "Gullwing" due to its profile with open doors – is a matching numbers, US-delivered car that has been professionally refreshed throughout, including a complete engine rebuild. Perhaps one of the most iconic cars in the world, this Gullwing has been invited to and is eligible for numerous events, including, for example, the coveted Mille Miglia.
The 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is also a matching numbers car, delivered new to Chicago, and is the beneficiary of a recent and exquisite concours-worthy restoration by renowned marque specialist Robert Platz. It also boasts its original hard top, a Becker Mexico radio, and the highly desirable four-wheel disc brakes and has the designation of being the 15th Roadster to be fitted with these brakes by the factory.
The two Teutonic beauties will join a selection of very special motorcars, such as "The Tailor's Car" – a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta built for Enzo Ferrari's tailor, and the only Figoni & Falaschi-bodied Bentley ever built – a 1947 Bentley MK VI Coupe, on January 16th at the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction. The event will be hosted at the luxurious Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in the beautiful Arizona desert.
For more information on these and other consigned motorcars, and to register to bid in person or remotely for this auction, please visit bonhams.com/scottsdale.
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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com