1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing

 

Part of ‘The Pinnacle Portfolio’ auction to be by held by Sotheby’s mid-August, this 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing has an estimate of US$5,500,000–$6,500,000. The car has a 215hp, 2,996cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, coil-spring swing axle rear suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. It is one of only 29 aluminum-bodied examples originally produced; only two percent of total Gullwings produced.

The car features the most desirable factory upgrades and options, including a Sonderteile motor, sports suspension, and Rudge wheels. Formerly owned by Swiss industrialist Rene Wassermann and Pennsylvania State Senator Theodore Newell Wood, it was restored by world-renowned specialist Kienle Automobiltechnik.

For both the jet set and the burgeoning sports car crowd, there was one sports car that reigned supreme in 1955, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing,” as it became known. The car was so nicknamed for its unique roof-hinged doors, and it was the vehicle that had it all at the time. Gorgeous proportions, brilliant race-bred engineering, and blistering performance made the Gullwing not only one of the most desirable vehicles of the 1950s but one of the most desirable vehicles of all time.

However, not all Gullwings were created equal, and if you were a well-heeled sports car enthusiast in 1955, the aluminum-bodied 300 SL was the car to have. Its lighter bodywork made it even more competitive against other British and Italian 3-liter sports cars. Additionally, these cars were also outfitted with the Sonderteile engine, which utilized a competition-spec camshaft, increasing power output by 15 horsepower. With both a slight increase in power and decrease in overall weight, the additional performance in these cars was instantly discernable from behind the wheel.

It goes without saying that the alloy Gullwing was the cream of the crop and indubitably capable of outperforming all of its competitors on both road and track.

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