As the first of its kind in a luxury market, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy with a Gullwing door is a favorite among many collectors.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy was originally made for sport. However, it never took off as a racing vehicle. This particular vehicle had the job of “riding the bench” because the aluminum Gullwing did not see competitive use.
Completed on April 20, 1955, the 300 SL was also outfitted with Rudge wheels, the NSL motor and Plexiglas windows per aluminum-build specifications.
If someone would like to purchase a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, the purchase price is $57,000 for an un-restored car, which the seller most likely assumed was steal being that one that just sold at Gooding & Company for $4.2 million.
Only 29 of these were built, so naturally there needed to be a lot of work done to get the car in brand new condition.
Necessary bodywork was conducted and a methodical process was undertaken to ensure proper assembly and fit of the aluminum body. The gray leather interior was removed and the correct blue leather was installed. Some additional mechanical work was conducted, as well as detailing of various components. One deviation from the original was the addition of seat cushions upholstered in plaid, acknowledging the lightweight car’s racing alter ego – they are a marvelous touch.
For a closer look at the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL you can take a look through the photo gallery above.