Prepare your bank accounts for a proper assault as not one but two of Mercedes-Benz’s most iconic vehicle head to auction. The 300 SL which hails from the 1950s is one of the Silver Arrows’ most sought after vehicles amongst classic car collectors, with many restored versions having traded hands to date.
Well not anymore. An owner from the UK who bought this pair of 300 SL models in their brand new condition has finally opened up the barnyard to present a pair of beautifully kept and unrestored Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs. One is the 1955 Gullwing version which spurred a reincarnation in the 2010 SLS whilst the other is a 1957 Roadster. The cars were originally owned by a publishing executive in the midwest US and have since laid dormant in the garage of its current owner. Given the rarity of these cars in their pristine original trim, the Gullwing model is expected to fetch a staggering £1 million whilst the Roadster is estimated to attract a price of around £800,000.
Once the cars are brought back up to showroom or running condition, their 3.0-litre straight six engines should afford 215hp and a top speed of 250km/h – a feat which earned the car a reputation as one of the fastest of its time. On the outside the Gullwing model wears the familiar British Racing Green hue set against a tan leather whilst the odometer only reads a click above 25,000km. The Roadster model wears a metallic blue hue matched with a grey leather interior with 61,000km on the clock. Bear in mind, both these cars are 62 years old.
The big sell will go down at the Gooding & Company during their Pebble Beach Sale in California this coming August 18.