This 1950’s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is not your ordinary classic ride. It’s the most celebrated sports car in history. And lucky for you, on Dec. 10th it’s up for auction at Sotheby’s as part of the Driven By Disruption event. If you don’t want to place a bid just yet, you will after reading these 10 highlights:
1. It was tested by the 1955 Mercedes-Benz competition department in 1955.
2. It placed second in the 1956 Tour de France. The driver? Sir Stirling Moss, of course.
3.It’s also the first of four factory-race-prepared W198 Gullwings ever created.
4. Its special competition equipment includes an NSL engine.
5. Its construction features three chassis designations — the racing W194 300 SL coupes of 1952, the Formula-specification W196 SLR racecars and the W198 300 SL production cars.
6. It’s been owned by a single family since 1966, so you know it’s been well loved and pampered.
7. Its preservation restoration was finally completed in 2011.
8.With more curves than Marilyn Monroe, this Gullwing is guaranteed to turn heads and break hearts.
9. It’s the rarest W198 Gullwing that you can actually get your hands on.
10. It is available now for the first time in 50 years. Who knows when — or if — the next opportunity will come?
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is estimated to sell for between $5 million and $7 million. For more information, contact Sotheby’s.