Tested by the highly respected American magazine Road & Track in 1955, the MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER initially launched in 1954, is not only powered by a 2,996cc, overhead-camshaft, inline six canted at 45 degrees to achieve a lower, more aerodynamic bonnet line, but has proven to accelerate 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds, at an astounding top speed of 140mph.
Deemed the world’s first supercar, the 300 SL Roadster is regarded as one of the fastest convertibles of its time, costing significantly more than a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, with over 1,858 models built throughout its production life, which ceased in 1963. A tremendously rare and sought after beauty, the 300 SL is high on the list of all-time greats, boasting mesmerizing style, performance and technology that are still impressive till this day.
With an authentic chassis supplied new in 1962 for the United States market, the MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER has passed through the hands of four esteemed owners and Pan Am pilots throughout Long Island, North Carolina, and Woodbridge, CT.
Spectacularly preserved in its most original form, with all numbers matching, the European registered MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER is an ideal entrant for multiple historic events, and currently for sale on the official Auxietre and Schmidt website – representing a unique opportunity to acquire one of the most iconic open grand tourers from the 60s.