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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing

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300SL Gullwing
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Commission Number 856 345
Delivery Number 11344
Chassis Number 198.040 7500077
Engine Number 198.980 7500072
Body Number A198.040 7500074
Gearbox Number 7500079
Steering Box Number 7500076
Right Front Axle Number 7500086
Left Front Axle Number 7500086
Rear Axle Number 7500055
Rear Axle Ratio 3.64:1
Engine Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Ignition Static Timing 28 Degrees
Exterior Color DB 534 (Fire Engine Red)
Interior Trim 953 (Special Order Black Leather)
Completed May, 1957
Shipped May 7th, 1957
Sold June, 1957
Ordered New By Studebaker Packard, South Bend, Indiana
Options -3.64:1 Final Drive Ratio & Calibrated Speedometer in Miles Per Hour
-Wheel Balancing Protractor and Selection of Various Wheel Weights
-Front and Rear Bumper Over-Rider Bars
-External Mirror, Body-Mounted, Left-Side
-Becker Mexico Signal Seeking Radio, Speakes & Amplifier
-Automatic External Power Antenna, Body-Mounted, Right-Side
-6.5 x 15, Continental Tires
-USA Sealed Beam Headlights
-Windscreen Wipers and Washing Equipment
-Steering Column, Stalk Control High & Low Beam Light Dipping Switch
-Instrument Labels and Calibration in English with English Units
-“Made In Western Germany” Badge
-Ocean Shipping with Special Made Wood Ocean Crating
-Special Ordered Black Leather Upholstery

Mileage 74,279 Miles
240 bhp, 2,992cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, coil-spring and swing-axle rear suspension, with four-wheel “Al-fin” hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.

My initial inspections and impression of 7500077 was that this vehicle was not only something truly special but a machine worth working very hard to acquire and with good reason. The records and documentation were incredibly detailed, extensive and complete going back to new. No missing dates or gaps in ownership and it was clear, each owner from day one recognized the importance and special nature of this vehicle and treated it as such. The vehicle itself carries a distinct presence and nature of a fine machine that has been serviced and cared for regularly, exercised often and preserved and conserved befitting a treasured machine of great value. Body panel fit and finish is far above average and indicates clearly that it has never been damaged, modified or altered. The vehicles has both a correct ride height and all trim, chrome and bright-work fits smoothly, flush and straight. The interior detailing shows that other than the recovering of the seats, it has never been altered, changed or modified since new. It was extremely inviting and I was very eager for my first drives after the completion of safety checks and service verifications. Upon arrival in our shop and showroom complex in San Diego we completed cold compression checks with the following results:

Cylinder Pounds per Square Inch
1 160
2 170
3 150
4 170
5 170
6 170

The engine bay area, other than a couple of hose clamps shows an incredibly correct and undisturbed display of correct finishes and features of the classic 3.0-liter, SOHC, fuel-injected, in-line six-cylinder engine. The engine number, engine tag, compression ratio stampings, cylinder head stampings and engine and head date codes confirm the incredible original and un-mollested nature of the power plant. The numbers all match the original assembly records as does the steering box stamping. The firewall mounted chassis plate and paint tag are correct and original and not the more common reproduction units. Same for the frame tag and delicate stamped in chassis number on the left-front dumb-iron.

After getting this 300SL carefully up in the air on one of our service racks, I was able to clean off and access the front and rear axle stamped in numbers, gearbox number and final drive ratios, all of which again matched the original assembly records for the vehicle. There is absolutely no sign of corrosion anywhere or any signs of accident damage. The 300SL is very easy to damage if incorrectly jacked up and all of the fragile and delicate areas that are usually damaged from improper jacking are pristine on this example… another clear indication that it was not only cared for carefully but done so always by someone who knew what they were doing. After the completion of safety checks and service verifications, it was time for test drives and an opportunity to photograph this very special machine. Start up was effortless and in under a minute, I was able to push the choke lever all the way in to the off position and also switch off the electric fuel pump. The idle was perfect and the car and absolute and total delight to drive. I made several high-speed runs on the local free way and then up the grade into the hills of the Famous Torrey Pines where many Gullwing raced in the mid 1950s. It was an extremely foggy day and perfect conditions for photographing a bright red automobile. Once my photo session was over, it was time to head back to the showroom but not before another run through the hills, down our local freeway and then, sadly back to our showroom and shop complex in Sorrento Valley.

This incredible and very rare 300SL is now back on display in our main San Diego Showroom and available for inspections, test drives and the chance to please a new fortunate custodian greatly.

Please call, text or email me if I can assist further in anyway with the potential purchase of this vehicle.