New York, Park Avenue
17 August 1997
1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER
Chassis No. 198042-10-002646
Engine No. 198042-10-002646
Red with black leather interior
Engine: six cylinder, in line, 2,996cc, 240bhp; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: independent front and rear; Brakes: hydraulic drums. Left hand drive.
Mercedes-Benz bounced back from war time ruin with a sports car in the early 1950's called the 300 SL - "SL" for Super Light. The first 300 SL race cars were victorious whenever they raced, including the Carrera Panamerica road races in Mexico, and European road racing. Production of the 300 SL began in 1954 in Gullwing coupe form only. In 1957, a roadster was finally offered as a companion model and the Gullwing was soon phased out.
The roadster's lines recalled the famed straight eight powered 300 SLR race car. The first 300 SL roadsters brought to America were successful in racing - Paul O'Shea won a SCCA class championship with one. In contrast to the Gullwing coupe, the roadster had the "low pivot" rear suspension which made it a far more comfortable and enjoyable car to drive.
This 300 SL Roadster has its original engine and is a fine example of the late drum brake cars. It is fitted with a correct Becker Mexico radio and comes with a soft top only. The owner describes the paint, chrome and leather interior to be in excelllent overall condition. Upon a recent inspection no cosmetic faults were noticed. The vendor states that it runs and drives beautifully.
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