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Auction: Auction 28.08.1994
was auctioned on: 28 August 1994
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Estimate: US$160,000 - US$180,000
Price realised:  US$200,500
Lot number 77, Views: 128

1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER Chassis No. 198.042.10002930 Engine No. To be advised Red with biscuit interior Engine: six-cylinder, in-line, 2,996cc, 215bhp; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Brakes: hydraulic discs all round; Suspension: front, independent, coil springs, rear, independent swing axle, coil springs. Left hand drive. Mercedes-Benz bounced back from their wartime ruins with a sports car in the early 1950s called the 300SL, "SL" for super leight. The first 300SL racers were victorious wherever they raced, including the Carrera Panamericana road races in Mexico and in European road racing. The production 300SL started out in 1954 (as a '55) model in Gullwing coupe form only. In 1957, a roadster was finally offered as a companion model and the Gullwing phased out. The roadster's lines recalled the famed straight-8 powered 300SLR race car. The first 300SL roadsters bought to America were successful in racing, Paul O'Shea winning the 1955 SCCA class championship with one. In contrast to the Gullwing coupe, the roadster had the "low pivot" rear suspension which made the 300SL more predictable in handling. It also had a rubber diaphragm in the fuel injection pump instead of the previous leather one. In addition, it was more luxurious with a leather interior (the early Gullwings had cloth). By 1961, the 300SL was updated with disc brakes all round. A total of 1,858 roadsters were built. This particular example was restored by Scott Restorations in Van Nuys, California in 1990. The brief was to create a 100-point car. It is a disc brake car that comes with a hardtop and fitted luggage, optional from Mercedes at the time.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 28.08.1994
Date of the auction: 28 Aug 1994
Address: Christie's
New York, East