Lot 18

2013   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2014

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

SOLD $1,430,000


$1,000,000 - $1,300,000





Car Highlights

An Exceptionally Presented 300 SL Roadster
Well-Documented, Matching-Numbers Example
Originally Delivered to Al Haddad Motors in Bahrain
Exacting Restoration Performed by Brian Anderson’s Classic European
Best in Class at the 2012 La Jolla Motor Car Classic
Second in Class at the 2012 Gull Wing Group National Convention
Equipped with Hardtop, European Headlights, Becker Mexico Radio, and Nardi Wheel
Offered with Books, Tools, Custom-Fitted Luggage, and Restoration Records

Technical Specs

2,996 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
250 BHP At 6,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Double-Wishbone Front Suspension
Independent Rear Swing-Axle Suspension
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The 300 SL presented here is an outstanding example of this revered Mercedes-Benz model: A correct, matching-numbers car that benefits from an exceptional award-winning restoration as well as some of the most sought-after optional accessories.

According to existing Mercedes-Benz factory records, this 300 SL Roadster was constructed in fall 1958 – as a 1959 model – and originally finished in silver with red leather upholstery. Once completed, the 300 SL was delivered to Al Haddad Motors of Inselah, an official Mercedes-Benz dealership founded in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1958 and still in operation today.

In the early 1960s, the 300 SL was imported to the US and sold to a resident of Santa Barbara, California. It is believed that the car remained in California until the 1990s, when it was exported to Japan. By 2000, Motomori Tanaka of Tokyo had acquired the Mercedes-Benz and it remained in his private collection for approximately 10 years before returning to Southern California.

Shortly after its arrival, the well-kept 300 SL Roadster was sold to the current owner, a San Diego-area collector with a passion for iconic sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. Though the Mercedes-Benz was in very presentable condition at that time, it did not satisfy the high standards of its new owner and was soon scheduled for restoration.

In 2010, the consignor commissioned Brian Anderson’s Classic European in Vista, California, to perform a full body-off, show- quality restoration that would stand up to the most stringent concours standards. Having developed a successful working relationship with Classic European preparing competitive show cars, the consignor spared no expense on this project and went to great lengths to ensure that every aspect of the 300 SL received the utmost attention. A comprehensive file of documentation supporting the exacting nature of the work performed is included with the sale of the car.

Refinished in the tasteful color scheme of White (DB147G) with black leather upholstery and desirably outfitted with European headlights, a factory hardtop, an optional Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, a Becker Mexico radio, and custom-trimmed fitted luggage, this 300 SL has a marvelous period- correct appearance that is at once elegant, sporting, and understated. The accompanying tool kit, jack, owner’s manual, Becker radio instruction manual, spare parts list, first aid box, engine-bay work light, and factory sales brochure are important additions that further underscore the impressive attention to detail that has gone into this car’s exquisite presentation.

Since the restoration was completed in April 2012, the 300 SL has garnered significant accolades on the show circuit, testifying to the quality and accuracy of the work performed. During its debut showing, at the 2012 La Jolla Motor Car Classic, the 300 SL Roadster captured a First in Class award, defeating an impressive selection of entrants. From there, the car was displayed at the 2012 Gull Wing Group National Convention in Palm Springs, where it achieved an impressive Second Place in the highly competitive Show Roadster Division. The only other concours outing for this expertly restored 300 SL took place in August 2012 at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley.

In the care of the current owner, the 300 SL has been driven approximately 100 miles and meticulously maintained in show-ready condition. Brilliantly restored, authentically detailed, and immaculate in every respect, this is a truly outstanding representative of the legendary 300 SL Roadster. A stately presence on any show field, it is sure to find further success at the most prestigious concours d’elegance as well as marque gatherings.

Though this 300 SL is sure to remain a sensational concours display for many years to come, it should not be forgotten that these Mercedes-Benz are true driver’s cars, eligible for the very best tours and rallies. The fuel- injected straight six delivers a seamless rush of acceleration accompanied by a mechanical symphony and the pure, visceral experience of open motoring. It is in high-speed touring that the 300 SL Roadster really comes alive, and it would make a fabulous choice for events such as the Colorado Grand and the Copperstate 1000, where, on long sweeping sections and challenging mountain passes, driver and passenger can enjoy vintage grand touring at its finest.

For the discriminating collector who seeks only the very best, the immaculate 300 SL Roadster offered here presents an opportunity to acquire a very desirable classic Mercedes- Benz and one of the most versatile sports cars of the 1950s.