Two vintage Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” (W 198) models have their own exhibition area at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida. This marks the 25th Anniversary for the event of automotive classics cascaded across the enormous field. The Amelia Island Concours is a high-dollar auction, but neither 300 SL’s will be sold this time around. Collectors love this classic German sports car, and it often sells for at least $1 million at auctions. Gorden Wagener, chief Mercedes-Benz designer, said the “next SL will very much embody the 300 SL’s spirit.”
The two 300 SL “Gullwing” models, have consecutive chassis numbers. This is a very dramatic find for any international automotive collector. These 1950’s Mercedes-Benz super sports cars are definitely not identical twins. Vehicle number 43 is in “barn find” condition, found in a garage at the end of 2018. The vehicle is completely original, except for the body finish. It appears to be sanded down and primed, but a project that was never completed. The original factory color paint was mid blue. Attendees can see the car with its original body parts, including glass, gray leather interior, and Engelbert Competition tires.
Vehicle number 44 is completely restored by Mercedes-Benz Classic. The car was restored to mint condition of a 1954 coupe. During restoration, a few special components were added including a handcrafted Mercedes-Benz star, the exhaust manifold, the “gooseneck” gearshift lever and a valve cover with magnesium paint.
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