1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER For Sale by Auction
Bonhams are delighted to offer at our forthcoming Collectors' Motor Car Auction on Friday 5th July 2019 at The Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, England 87 collectors motor cars. The full online catalogue can be viewed on the Bonhams website.
1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER
REGISTRATION NO. 476 UXU
CHASSIS NO. 1980042-8500067
*Supplied new to France
*Formerly on display at the Musée de l'Automobiliste à Mougins
*Professionally restored in Germany in 1995
*Present enthusiast ownership in the UK since 2007
£800,000 - 1,000,000
€900,000 - 1,100,000
Chassis number '8500067' was supplied new in France in 1958 and registered as '7613 K7 75', although little else of its early history is known. In the mid-1960s the car was acquired by the Musée de l'Automobiliste à Mougins, on the Côte D'Azure. This museum housed an eclectic mix of collectors' automobiles assembled by the larger-than-life founder, Monsieur Adrien Maeght. Here the 300 SL led a pampered life in a stable that included Ferraris, Bugattis, Voisins, Rolls-Royces, Alfa Romeos and the like. Home to some of the greatest classic road and racing cars in Europe, the museum became a focal point for European car clubs. (A magazine depicting this car on display in the collection is included). Sadly, the museum closed in the early 1990s after Monsieur Maeght's death, and '8500067' was purchased by Dr Dieter Pfeiffer, a discerning, car-collecting dentist. Dr Pfeiffer has a reputation for purchasing only the best specimens of collector's cars and this low mileage 300 SL was acquired for regular use.
The car was used sparingly and serviced properly while in the care of Dr Pfeiffer, who in 1995 commissioned a thorough but sympathetic restoration using foremost specialists in Germany. The car was completely stripped to bare metal and mechanically totally rebuilt, with trim and paintwork refinished to better than factory standards. This older restoration's quality is evident in the cosmetic and mechanical condition of the car today. To aid driveability in modern traffic conditions, the restoration included fitting the desirable front disc brake conversion and a quality, boot-mounted CD stereo system with effective remote control from either the driver or passenger seats. A switchable cooling fan has been fitted, which can override the factory system in town driving should the need ever arise. A full photographic record of this restoration is included together with various invoices.
This superb 300 SL was purchased by its immediately preceding owner from a reputable German specialist, being chosen over several highly restored cars on account of its provenance, low mileage and driveability. The purchaser, who owned a small yet exclusive stable of cars, wanted the best 300 SL on the market for usability, but not a concours example, and hunted throughout the world for one suitable.
In February 2007 a full service was carried out by Europe's leading 300 SL specialists - HK Engineering in Germany. Anything that needed attention was addressed while the complete fuel system (including pump) had been fully rebuilt in 2005. Fewer than 400 miles had been covered following the aforementioned works when the 300 SL was offered for sale at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival auction in 2007 where it was purchased by the current owner, a prominent UK collector and an active Historic racer. Very little maintenance has been required since then following the extensive refurbishment carried out immediately prior to the vendor's purchase.
A comprehensive assortment of original documents or facsimiles is offered with the car, including a step-by-step photographic record of all aspects of the restoration; a magazine from the Musée de l'Automobiliste à Mougins showing the car in the collection when it was still French registered; a German TüV certificate; a quantity of invoices and brochures from the various specialists who worked on the car; a copy of the original build sheet; and an original owner's manual, parts catalogue, workshop manual, jack and wheel brace. In addition, Gull Wing owners' club technical tips and records, various magazines relating to the 300 SL, and the original French registration plate come with the car. To complete the package, a lightweight tailored rainproof cover in white tyvek is supplied and the car possesses a UK V5C registration document. There is also a matching original hardtop - in mint original condition - which is tight and secure on fitting, thus making the car the perfect all weather driver.
This very special example of the iconic 300 SL Roadster has no apparent faults and wants for nothing, so can be driven away from the sale to a new home anywhere in the world. There cannot be many better ways of travelling to a classic event, taking part and driving home.
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