Auction Block: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

It was back in the early 1950s that Mercedes-Benz’s US distributor Max Hoffman suggested there may be a market in America for a fast and sleek Mercedes-Benz coupe. Who knew that the result of Hoffman’s suggestion would then later become known as the most prominent sports car of its time.

We’re referring, of course, to the production version of the racing Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, complete with a fully independent suspension, a fuel-injected 3.0-liter OHC straight-six engine with dry-sump lubrication, and Gullwing doors. Needless to say, the power under the hood here was no joke at the time, offering drivers 240 horses behind the wheel, a top speed of 161 mph, and a 0-60 time of eight seconds. Now one of these vehicles is up for grabs, which is sure to cost a pretty penny considering only 1,400 of these vehicles ever made it to the United States between the production years of 1954-1957. It boasts its original black and red special-order color combination and the car’s value is expected to fall between $1.25 – $1.5 million.

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