At the recent Intermarque Concours d’Elegance, Garry Boyce’s painstaking restoration work saw his recently completed 1956 Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’ win the prestigious Masters Class. Scoring 564 from a possible 590 points, the car was awarded the third-highest score in the event’s 42-year history.
It is this same car that you see gracing the cover of New Zealand Classic Car Issue No. 292, the Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance issue, on sale now. In the feature article, the 300SL’s history, and the story behind Garry’s pristine example, are explored in depth.
So, with this sudden focus on Mercedes’ iconic sports car happening in our neck of the woods, how about some 300SL news from abroad? Four pristine examples are set to go under the hammer at Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale, on March 28.
These examples include three roadsters, and a Gullwing coupe. The first of these is a 1957 roadster with factory disc brakes, owned by a single European family for 48 years, and valued at an estimated €1 million–1.4 million. Another roadster, of 1960 vintage, previously owned by Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, of the Krupp steel dynasty, is estimated at €900,000—1.2 million.
A 1959 hardtop roadster is estimated at €1 million–1.4 million, and the 1955 Gullwing is estimated at €950,000–1.25 million.
The auction is to be held in the Mercedes-Benz museum, and will feature around 40 vehicles from the marque’s illustrious history. The museum in question is a fitting locale, documenting the entire history of the world’s oldest car manufacturer, with over 1500 exhibits, including over 160 automobiles.