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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster For Sale by Auction

For sale in our forthcoming auction in Paris, on 17 June 2019:

German title
Chassis n° the details below
Engine n°details below

- High standard of restoration, outstanding condition
- Matching numbers
- One owner between 1968 and 2006
- Sold new in France

This Mercedes 300 SL, one of the first roadsters built, was delivered new to its first owner in Cannes, liveried in white with a blue leather interior. He maintained the car meticulously and only drove it occasionally. In 1968, it was bought by Mr Léon Martin, a collector from Mallemort, Bouches-du-Rhône. A sports car enthusiast, he also owned some exclusive Ferrari and other exotic machines. Like his predecessor, he only used the 300SL sparingly and looked after it so carefully that it remained in as good a condition as when he had bought it. He kept the car, registered 2994 BY 13, for 36 years, selling it in March 2006 to a German collector by the name of Karl Esdar.

Esdar, one of the best 300 SL specialists, embarked on a full restoration of the 300 SL, that took two years and cost in the region of the details below €. On dismantling the car, he found that the body had been preserved perfectly and provided an exceptionally sound base. It was stripped back to the tubular chassis, and every panel of bodywork was repainted prior to reassembly. All mechanical components were then inspected and refurbished before being put back together. The interior was completely renewed and re-trimmed, and the seats were re-upholstered with the same high quality brown leather. Attention was paid to every detail of the finish with stunning results, making this 300 SL roadster one of the best surviving examples of the model. It retains all its original mechanical components with matching numbers, including the engine and transmission. Needless to say, the car runs beautifully, evidenced by the 7 000 kms covered since its restoration. During its German MOT (TÜV), the car received a clean sheet, clear of any negative comments. This 300 SL comes with its tools, original jack, tailor-made set of luggage, as well as complete documentation including the owner's manuals, invoices and detailed photos of the restoration.

The roadster 300 SL is one of the most extraordinary cars of the 1950s /60s. The Gullwing had a spectacular appearance but was less user-friendly, with a closed cockpit that was difficult to ventilate. The roadster combined the mechanical sophistication of this very advanced car with the pleasure of a relaxed open drive. The six-cylinder injection engine, derived from competition, gave the car a first-class performance, and this was accompanied by a level of luxury only available in the most exclusive cars at that time. The example on offer is in practically perfect condition, allowing the driver to make the most of these qualities, as Mercedes intended. Here is a rare opportunity to tempt all serious collectors.

Photos © Sébastien Defaux

Auction estimate: €980 000 / the details below

To see all the pictures available: - details above

Price Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Classic Cars
Make Mercedes
Model 300
  300 SL Roadster
Year 1957
Country France
Region International
Telephone +33 1 42 99 20 73
Status Trade
Date 20-May-2019
Ref C1113593

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