<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003

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Lot 112
Disc brake, alloy block
1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER

US$ 1,600,000 - 1,800,000
£ 1,200,000 - 1,400,000
Withdrawn
Disc brake, alloy block
1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER
Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050
Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
BODY NO. A 198.042-10.00062

2,996cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Direct Mechanical Fuel Injection
240 (SAE) bhp at 5800rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Matching numbers example
*Comprehensively restored by Europe's leading 300SL specialist
*Second 300SL Roadster with an aluminum alloy engine block
*Fitted with a modern 5-Speed transmission
*Desirable disc brake chassis


THE MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER

The Mercedes Benz 300SL in both "Gullwing" coupe and folding-top Roadster configuration must certainly rank among the greatest of all sports and GT automobiles. Both are directly descended from the magnificent Rudolf Uhlenhaut-designed streamlined racing coupes that ran roughshod over international competition in 1952. Many credit Manhattan foreign car importer and entrepreneur Max Hoffman with convincing company management to adapt the racing chassis for larger-scale public consumption. The first production coupe left the factory at Sindelfingen in August of 1954, and Gullwings soon became a "must-have" possession for wealthy and sporting Americans, especially the Hollywood cognoscenti and East Coast bluebloods. The Gullwings were tremendous performers; the handful of alloy-bodied examples with belly pans and sport cams could touch 160.

After four years, however, sales had begun to wane, and Hoffman pressed for an open version that might be even more appealing to American customers. The Roadster soon followed, with a formal introduction at the Geneva Automobile Show in 1957, and would go on to enjoy an even better sales record, with a total of 1858 built by the time production ended in 1963.

The few shortcomings of the coupe, of which just over 1400 examples were over four years, were addressed in the Roadster's re-design. The coupe's independent rear coil spring and swing axle suspension was redesigned with a lowered pivot point and a transverse compensating spring that greatly reduced its tendency to oversteer in extremis. The new Roadster – actually a convertible, since it offered roll-up side glass – was much easier to enter and exit with its conventional front-hinged doors, made possible with a revised and strengthened tubular space frame with lower sills, still on a 94.5-inch wheelbase. The reinforced frame added an extra 75 pounds of curb weight, but performance remained formidable, with a factory-claimed top speed approaching 150mph. The coupe's marginal ventilation was no longer an issue, nor was its limited luggage space. Add to that the adoption of power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes beginning in 1961, and the Roadster was altogether a superior and more comfortable and refined automobile. Although the size of the fuel tank was reduced from 130 liters to 100 liters to make room for the folding top and enlarged trunk space, the 300SL Roadster still made a fine long-distance road machine, the epitome of "Grand Touring".

As far as aesthetics, giving up the iconic butterfly doors was offset by the new model's sexy good looks, since it retained almost all the coupe's styling below the beltline, including the aero-enhancing fender eyebrows, said to have been inspired by Johannes Beeskow. Virtually none of the SL's sheet metal was interchangeable, but the powerful single-overhead cam three-liter in-line six cylinder engine with Bosch direct fuel injection – still based upon the unburstable W186 300 series of the early 1950s - was improved in 1961 with a new aluminum-alloy block. This was an important advancement, in that it not only helped reduce the weight of the motor but improved chassis balance. The four-speed manual gearbox remained the same. Like its elder sibling, the Roadster remained a very expensive automobile, with a base price of approximately $11,000, some 10 percent more than the Gullwing.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Here is a wonderful, all numbers-matching 1962 300SL Roadster, one of only 244 examples from that model year. Already benefitting from the addition of Dunlop disc brakes, which were introduced in 1961 on chassis 002780, this car was only the second to receive an aluminum-alloy engine block. The factory build sheet states that it left the factory in DB534 Red paint with a black leather interior. The build sheet also states that it was fitted with a set of Continental tires and a Varta battery. It is believed to have been delivered April 10, 1962 in Southern California; its first known owner is thought to be a Mr. R.G. Solberg of Pasadena, based on California registrations that are supplied with the car, which was assigned the license number KSJ 512. A Bill of Sale dated January 15, 1972, he sold the car "In as is condition, with no further warranty" to a John Burnside.

According to the consignor, Mr. Burnside was a 300SL enthusiast, and owned several Gullwings coupe at the time. He removed the alloy-block engine from the Roadster and installed it in a coupe on a temporary basis. Eventually, it went back into the Roadster. That was a very fortunate decision, since over the passing decades, many examples have been separated from their original engines. Following Mr. Burnside's passing in the mid-1990s, his estate sold the car to a German enthusiast, Klaus Troche, who is believed to have retained the car through at least June of 2001. By then, the car had suffered damage in a road accident and had been repaired. Three years ago it was sold by the owner's nephew to Hans Kleissl at HK Engineering GmbH in Polling, Upper Bavaria, Germany. HK Engineering, with more than 25 years' experience, is considered one of the world's leading 300SL restoration and maintenance shops, having been named the 2014 "Specialist of the Year" at the International Historic Motoring Awards in London.

After its acquisition by Mr. Kleissl, a lengthy and comprehensive, frame-up, every-nut-and-bolt restoration was begun by the expert staff at HK Engineering. The steel body shell was reconstructed with many new panels, the drivetrain was rebuilt, including installation of a modern five-speed overdrive gearbox to allow comfortable high-speed cruising at reduced engine rpms. New aluminum oil and water radiators were fitted, along with an upgraded electrical system that includes a higher-capacity 55-watt electrical generator. This fine 300SL Roadster displays perfect panel gaps, glass-smooth white paint, and an elegant new dark brown leather interior, with a complimentary brown German canvas folding top and boot cover. It is fitted with metric European instruments and a set of desirable European "Bubble" covered glass headlights. The restoration was completed in late 2014, at which time it was purchased by the current owner.

Here is what must certainly be considered among the finest 300SL Roadsters in the world, offering not only stunning good looks, but subtle mechanical upgrades to enhance what has always been a brilliant driving experience. The fact that it retains its original aluminum-alloy engine is quite notable, since many were changed out during their lifetimes. The car's original manufacturer's plate remains in place.

It is supplied with a correct spare wheel and jack, period California registration papers, a period Bill of Sale, and restoration data from HK Engineering.

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<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
<i>Disc brake, alloy block</I><br /><b>1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER  <br /></b>Chassis no. 198.042.10.003050 <br />Engine no. 198.982.10.000003
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