November 27, 2022


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A Very Rare Mercedes 300 SL Roadster for Sale at Pebble Beach


Auction household Gooding&Company is auctioning a incredibly rare Mercedes 300 SL Roadster at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 19-20, 2022.

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At first look, the Mercedes 300 SL Roadster is no rarer than the 300 SL Gullwing coupe variation. Mercedes created 1,400 coupes from 1954 to 1957 and 1,858 roadsters from 1957 to 1963. But the Mercedes 300 SL Roadster to be auctioned at Pebble beach front is a distinctive model.

Starting off with the 2780 chassis sequence, Mercedes changed the drum brakes with disc brakes with a diameter of 290 mm both equally front and rear. The introduction of disc brakes reduced the unsprung masses and considerably enhanced braking effectiveness.

Only 218 autos out of 1,858 with aluminium engine block and disc brakes

Because the 3049 chassis sequence, the engine block has been created from aluminium and the pounds on the front axle has lessened by a even further 22.7 kg (50 lbs), supplying superior front-rear weight  distribution and increasing agility. Only 218 Mercedes 300 SL Roadsters out of a whole of 1,858 constructed have brake discs and aluminium motor block. This is why they are identified as “disc-brake, alloy-block” vehicles.

The product up for auction has chassis number 003105, was constructed in July 1962 and is painted in fire crimson (DB534) with a black softop. The automobile runs on Activity wheels with polished alloy outer rims and Continental tires.

Gooding&Company’s press launch claims very little about the to start with owner. The car was restored by an proprietor positioned in Florida and bought in 1982 to Joan and Wolfgang Fuss. They experienced been customers of the Gull Wing Club of California because its inception in the early 1960’s and participated in Gull Wing Teams rallies, demonstrates and activities. The only modifications they produced to the car were the adoption of European headlights and a customized 300 SL license plate that is however on the car nowadays.

Just after Wolfgang Fuss’ death in 2011, Joan Fuss ongoing to take part in Gull Wing Group events and drove the car or truck on neighborhood tours. In 2003, Mrs. Fuss marketed the auto to longtime friend and club member Dr. Harry Really like in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Enjoy is a great connoisseur of 300 SL styles possessing owned several illustrations like a small mileage 300 SL Gullwing.

In 2008, the inside was absolutely refurbished from the leather-based upholstery to the aluminum inserts by Richard “Stitch” Coleman of Fresno, California. He also put in a new black canvas top rated.

The believed sale price is among $1,750,000 and $2,250,000. This is a cost that reflects the car’s fantastic affliction, the really low mileage of only 1772 miles, the truth that the vehicle has been pushed for far more than 40 years in California’s mild local climate and has been owned by members of the Gull Wing Team.


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