An absolute dream car to this day, the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” is one of the most ground-breaking and important automobiles ever produced. Only 1,400 of the famous cars built between 1954 and 1957, sport iconic upswinging doors, reminiscent of seagulls. Crowned the “sports car of the century” in 1999, a mere few have since been restored to their stunning original condition.
Worth an estimated one to 1.3M dollars on Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction series, the example offered is the product of restoration expert Jerry Hjeltness. Once the property of a machinist in Compton, California, this car boasts the best fitting panels of any 300 SL in existence. According to a restoration summary written by Mr. Hjeltness, “Our restoration shop has just completed a full body-off restoration/remanufacture process on the above referenced automobile to a 100 point show standard. The car has been completely disassembled. Every component was renewed, restored or replaced to new or better condition.”
Clinching the “Best of Show” accolade at the Le Cercle Concours in California, this new and improved 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” was also exhibited at the 2003 Gullwing Group convention in Jackson Hole, an entire 535.2 mile-drive-away. Used sparingly and regularly maintained in Mr. Hjeltness’ personal collection, this rare find was installed with a rebuilt injection pump and steering box, alongside enhanced fuel, electrical and ignition systems, with some cosmetic work and detailing.
Now available for auction in stunning condition with an incredibly fresh restoration, this 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” is finished in Silver (DB 180) over a Green leather interior with matching green fitted luggage, a desirable sport camshaft, and Rudge-style knock-off wheels. Complete with its original instruction manuals, Becker radio manuals, workshop manual, knock-off hammer, tool kit, auxiliary work light, spare tire, and jack, the car is currently listed with a chassis number 198.040.7500027, under lot 26.