RM Sotheby’s will present the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster at its 20th annual Arizona sale, to be held at Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 17 and 18, 2019.
Describing the importance of the 1960 Roadster, Sotheby’s stated, “The introduction of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was a hugely important moment for Mercedes-Benz and served to further cement the company’s position as the market leader in race-bred, performance automobiles. Massively ahead of its time, the 300 SL utilized an innovative space-frame chassis coupled with a highly advanced, fuel-injected engine, the first of its kind fitted to a production car. It was crowned the fastest performance car in the world upon its introduction and could handedly outrun any other car on sale at the time.’’
The model to be presented at the auction is finished in its stunning original colors of Graphite Grey over red leather and retains its original matching-numbers engine. In 2009, it was restored by CB Restorations and since then, it has been sparingly driven, though properly maintained and exercised. It also includes tool set and spare tire.
Noting the provenance of the car, the auction house states, “The Gull Wing Group’s Roadster Register notes the first owner as Donald J.G. Leek of Hammonton, North Dakota. In 1974, the 300 SL passed to Arthur S. Kleimer of Edison, New Jersey, at which point the roadster is noted as having been repainted blue. Kleimer retained the roadster for over two decades before selling it to Russell Moran in Wheatridge, Colorado, in 1998. Moran sold the car shortly thereafter to John P. Herrlin in Mendham. At this time the car was noted as having been refinished in red. Herrlin maintained the 300 SL for approximately 10 years before it was acquired by CB Restorations, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, on behalf of the current owner. CB Restorations proceeded to completely restore the car, including refinishing the SL in its original and arresting color combination of Graphite Grey and red leather interior.”
The pre-auction value of this example of the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is estimated to be $1,100,000 - $1,250,000.
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