Lot 10

2013   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2013

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

SOLD $770,000


$625,000 - $750,000





Car Highlights

Matching-Numbers, European-Delivery Roadster
Older Restoration in Attractive Livery
Recently Serviced and Ready for Touring
Documented by Mercedes-Benz

Technical Specs

2,996 CC SOHC, Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
250 BHP at 6,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Double-Wishbone Front Suspension
Independent Rear Swing-Axle Suspension
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Offered here is one of just 1,858 roadsters produced between 1957 and 1963. Currently finished in traditional silver (DB 180) with a black leather interior and black folding top, this 300 SL is believed to have been delivered new in Switzerland and spent much of its life in Europe. It appears to have been the subject of a sympathetic restoration some years ago, which included fresh paint and leather.

Under the hood, the 300 SL’s engine bay is clean, tidy, and presents with purposeful, stock finishes. Factory-original identification tags and frame stampings are present and crisp. Likewise, the trunk is well detailed with the jack properly stowed and ample luggage space.

In early 2007, this roadster was imported to the US and quickly found its way to an appreciative East Coast collector. Experts Alex Finigan and David Grant inspected the roadster, and each gave it high marks.

The following year, the 300 SL was sent to the Oldtimer Restoration Center in Harvard, Massachusetts, for routine maintenance. In August 2012, the owner traded 2727 to the consignor, at which time a thorough service was performed, including a compression test, changing of all fluids, and a complete electrical check. Gearshift bushings, fuel system seals, and other small but essential items were also replaced to help the car perform at its best.

The paint finish and soft top remain in excellent condition, as does the 300 SL’s interior, showing the patina of a car well maintained and driven. The roadster retains its sleek and highly desirable European glass-covered headlamps, and it has been fitted with a later-model Becker multi-band radio, seat belts, period-correct Talbot outside rearview mirror, tools, and seldom-seen polished wheel trim rings. An additional asset worthy of consideration is the support of the Gull Wing Group, a highly enthusiastic organization that offers technical assistance and camaraderie to owners of 300 SLs worldwide.

In 1961, Automobile Quarterly quoted British automotive technical author Lawrence Pomeroy on the 300 SL: “It’s easy to imagine driving one with pleasure ten years hence, and is one of the few cars which is worthwhile owning as an end in itself.” Indeed, a full 50 years later, this sporting and purposeful 300 SL presents its next owner with the opportunity to continue enjoying all aspects of this iconic Mercedes-Benz.