1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Sometimes there is that one possession that we wind up hanging on to for years, whether it is for sentimental value, material value or perhaps it is just plain cool. For me, I have a vintage watch that I have prized for years and look after. On a much larger scale, the same thing seems to be true with the former owner of this 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, who kept the car for the last 42 years. This was a car that helped propel Mercedes into the spotlight with luxury car buyers stateside, as the Gullwing and later Roadster variant we see here were cars flaunted by the rich and famous. With matching numbers and documentation dating back to when it was purchased, this will surely be a prize in any collection.

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Year: 1961
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 84,381 mi
Price: $1,395,000

This is a matching numbers 1961 Mercedes 300SL Roadster in amazing original condition. This car has had the same owner for 42 years. Car has paperwork going back to the 70’s, including a bill of sale in 1972. Car has knock off Rudge wheels but also comes with the original wheels, hubs and axels, Car comes with 2 tops, hard top is still in the original Mercedes wooden box. Car comes with luggage and many spare parts. Car has not been on the market since 1972 and is an excellent example. For more details call 631-283-8819.

I can remember when these SLs were fetching well under seven figures on average, but recently, it seems hard to get into one of these cars, whether Gullwing or Roadster, for under $1,000,000. Given this car’s provenance, the price is about on the mark. Last January, a restored 1961 300SL Roadster sold for $1,237,500. Some prefer the later Roadster over the Gullwing for its more friendly driving dynamics. Whichever model you choose, however, these vintage Benzes have reached superstar status and will continue to be a touchstone in the company’s history.

-Paul

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