Presented by Barrett-Jackson – This particular example has recently emerged from the estate of a long-term California collection, where it remained for 20 years of exceptionally attentive ownership. A copy of the original Mercedes-Benz Build Sheet indicates the car still retains the original matching-numbers chassis, body and engine exactly as it was assembled on December 17, 1957. The Build Sheet further indicates the car was ordered for delivery to the U.S. with sealed beam headlights, Becker radio, column-mounted turn signal indicator and dual reverse lights (integrated into the main taillight lenses).
Delivery was consigned from Meyer Sohn, Bremen, Germany, through Studebaker/Packard (then the authorized U.S. importer for Mercedes-Benz) with a final destination of New Orleans. This 300SL has had a recent service by 300SL experts Burlingame Motors. After a careful mechanical overview, new sway bar bushings and new motor mounts were installed, and the brakes were serviced, cleaned and adjusted. During the brake inspection, it was noted that there were no leaks and correct materials were used during restoration.
Finished in the iconic 300SL color combination of DB 180 Silver Gray Metallic with a red leather interior. The silver paint was mixed with the correct metallic flake and was uniformly applied. The finish remains glossy and smooth with only light signs of use since the restoration. The doors, hood and trunk gaps are tidy and even throughout, with mild evidence of use visible in a few closure surfaces. The hood and trunk open and shut smoothly and the doors have properly finished jambs, opening and shutting tightly with distinctive German precision.
The red leather upholstery and carpeting were finished to a very high standard. The various detailed interior switches, levers and knobs are all beautifully finished, including the correct steering wheel. Inside the trunk, a set of finely crafted red leather-covered luggage has been trimmed with gray leather edging and grab handles, accented by chrome hardware. Overall, this roadster shows very little signs of use since the restoration and presents as an exceptionally well-maintained 300SL, ready for classic rallies and road trips. Powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.
This 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster be selling with No Reserve during the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19.