While most vehicles depreciate, the opposite is true when it happens to be one of just 1,400 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes made between 1954 and 1957. The appreciation is even more when that car happens to be one of 29 “alloy” models, one of which just sold for a jaw-dropping $4.6 million at a Gooding & Co. luxury car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona! See our Mercedes gullwing rentals here! (the fabulous SLS AMG)!
Gooding & Co. auction block!
The Mercedes 300SL was designed as a road car to pay homage to the 1952 Le Mans champion car, the W194. The 29 lightweight allow versions were made with racing in mind, though they were still a bit on the heavy side for track use in the 50s. The alloy version tipped the scale at a full 200 pounds less than their siblings. That fact has not inhibited collectors from craving them for their rarity rather than their racing records.
In addition to the lightweight aluminum-alloy body, Mercedes outfitted the alloy cars with Plexiglass windows, shorter competition springs, stiffer shock absorbers, hotter camshafts and knock-off Rudge-Whitworth wheels.
Can you point out the Gullwing in this lineup? A few cars from an Imagine Lifestyles track event/exotic driving experience
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