1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing AMG

Here is a special one. This is a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing AMG. You are probably thinking to yourself that ”300SL Gullwing” and ”AMG” don’t go together and up until the year 1996, you would be correct. That is because in 1996, AMG began taking original W198 Gullwing and Roadsters, and putting modern AMG drivetrains and interiors in them.  Who thought this was a good idea? The Royal Family of Brunei. Remember him? According to AMG, 11 of these cars were produced from 1996 to 2008 with five going to the Royal Family and the other six going to qualified AMG customers. The rumored price tag at the time was over €1,000,000 thanks to AMG literally having to rebuild these cars from a bare metal shell.

This 1955 model that was converted in 2000 is one of only two right hand drive cars built. It was imported to Japan when the conversion was wrapped up and has been with its only owner ever since. Now it is coming up for auction in Tokyo, Japan soon. But first, lets take a look at what exactly a 300SL Gullwing AMG is:

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300b Adenauer

About a month ago I looked at a unique 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer in beige over green leather interior. It wasn’t perfect, nor advertised to be, but looked great and came in at a fair price. I went on about how these Adenauers are overlooked in the grand scheme of classic Mercedes and undervalued for what they actually are. Even compared to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, you aren’t giving up anything in terms of styling and certainly not reliability. Today, I came across a 1955 300b up for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia that looks just as good with an even better price.

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

You see the photos. No introduction needed here. This 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL painted in Ivory hails from the Boston area where it has been in the same family since it has been purchased new in late 1955. It has been driven, used as a college car, modified, raced, modified some more and thoroughly enjoyed it’s entire life. As it goes, this once toy has now turned into a winning lottery ticket for the lucky family that has held on to this W198 all these years but like almost all the 300SLs out there, there is a story for every one.

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

I can’t say enough about the 300SL. I feel like like each individual W198 has its own look, its own aura. Coming up for auction soon, this particular 1955 Gullwing is no different. Sporting Dunkelblau paint with the matching Rudge-Whitworth center-lock wheels, it is a stunner. The interior is spotless, it has the matching luggage, the paint shines like new; in short, it’s almost a perfect 300SL.

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Year: 1955
Model: 300SL Gullwing
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 57,368
Price: Auction

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

Chassis no. 198.040.4500116
Engine no. 198.980.4500136

Without Reserve

I must admit I’m no W198 expert. These cars are so far out of my league that I can’t even afford to be near one. It’s a different world when you are taking about cars that even the worst condition sell for a million dollars and that’s just not a world I’m apart of. But that doesn’t stop me from admiring from afar and appreciating how unbelievable these cars really are.

From what I understand here, this one is a steel body (rather than the rare and expensive alloy) car which makes it one of 829 for 1955. It does have the luggage set but I can’t say if it’s original and it doesn’t look like it has a radio. Another thing of note is that the steering wheel is a Nardi and not the original W198 wheel that is highly desirable.

The auctioneer should just start this car at a million then go from there because I think this 300SL will be pulling some serious coin. This last W198 that came up for auction earlier this month sold for $1,457,500 and wasn’t even close to the same level as this one. It wouldn’t surprise me if it closed in on the $2,000,000 mark given its condition. There is no end in sight for the values of W198s and this car will probably be one of the best ones we’ll see in awhile.

– Andrew

1955 Mercedes-Benz 170 S-D – REVISIT

We used to run a feature called “Heap of the Week”, and while it’s something we decided we weren’t generally known for, it was a fun feature. It allowed us to look at vehicles that had potential or were potential struggles; rare cars or just cars that are rarely seen. It’s another expression of automotive enthusiasm – anyone can walk down to a Porsche dealership with enough money and buy what will certainly be a classic someday if you keep the miles low enough and condition good. However, to take something neglected and return it to pristine shape? That’s the domain of a different type of enthusiast, one who sees the potential through the years of neglect and anticipate a result that could be considered near impossible. There’s also a different sect of enthusiasts who appreciate patina; the worn perfection of years of neglect, but also the specter of countless stories. Throw a particularly rare model into the mix, and you have what could potentially be a show stopper:

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Convertible Week: 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Continental Cabriolet – Revisit


The very rare and very head-turning 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Continental Cabriolet that we featured back in October has come back up for sale again as a reserve auction. This car was featured in a recent issue of Excellence Magazine so perhaps the seller hopes to capitalize upon that exposure in the search for a new owner of this lovely machine. This is, without question, the most striking 356 we’ve ever come across as well as a unique piece of Porsche history.

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The below post originally appeared on our site October 31, 2014:

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1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster

We’ve shown quite a few 911 Speedsters over the past few months, either in the guise of the 3.2 Carrera or the 964 Carrera 2, but I cannot recall the last time we featured the original, the car those 911s were intended to recreate in spirit: the 356 Speedster. Here we have one of those rare examples: an Aquamarine Metallic 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster. Released in 1954 the first Speedsters were quite a success, though the overall run would be short-lived as interest waned and the Speedster was replaced in 1958 with the Convertible D, followed by the 356 Roadster. With a spartan interior, minimalist top, and removable windscreen the Speedster was intended to appeal to weekend racers and those who wanted a no-frills, lower-cost, Porsche and during those initial years that’s exactly what it did, especially in the sunny environs of California. The short life the model lived has made the 356 Speedster a highly sought after collectible with the earliest examples being particularly noteworthy. Because we come across them so rarely they are almost always worth our attention.

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1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Continental Cabriolet

I can’t even imagine the heads that would turn back in 1955 when this car rolled down the street. Now, I wasn’t alive in 1955 so perhaps I’m mistaken, but a bright orange convertible must have been a very rare sight. I know I haven’t seen many, if any, come across auctions of any marque, let alone a Porsche 356. Porsche has never shied away from producing cars in bright colors so that fact shouldn’t surprise me, yet here I am pretty surprised by this car. And before we wonder, this is the original color: a paint-to-sample Orange that Porsche specially had formulated to suit the original buyer’s desire. What better car to showcase on Halloween! This 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Continental Cabriolet is one of the most highly sought after models in the Porsche portfolio. While the 356 Cabriolet was produced for many years, those branded as the Continental Cabriolet were only produced for the 1955MY in the American market before Ford claimed naming rights to the Continental. While that may be a somewhat esoteric distinction, it is nonetheless a marker that separates these cars from other Cabriolets produced during this period. As a vintage piece of Porsche history this has it all!

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Dream-wing: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

It’s been nearly a year since Paul wrote up a beautiful 300SL Roadster, but that isn’t because these rare Mercedes-Benz supercars aren’t of interest to us. The reality is they remain dreams to all but the most well-heeled of well-heeled individuals, and in recent years that’s become even more true for the most desirable of the lot, the Gullwing Coupe. When I was young, it was rare to see these cars but they turned up at vintage events, raced in hill-climbs and occasionally even on track. But that was back in the days when a good SL would set you back around $150,000 – $200,000. A lot of money for sure, but compared to these days it wasn’t even the amount of a restoration on one. Over the past year, prices on these iconic cars have more than doubled with no end in sight; now, a top condition one car will set you back approximately 1.8 million dollars – exactly the asking amount of this particular example:

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1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe

Cars like the one featured here, a 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe, will not appeal to everyone, but interesting restored examples such as this always have a place here at GCFSB. At nearly 60 years old, this car has had a long life and thanks to some careful ownership still presents very well and provides us a glimpse into the inception of a great marque. The 356 began production in 1948 and the example here comes from the first iteration of the model, prior to the release of the 356A in the second half of 1955. From the factory these cars had a 1.3 liter flat-4 producing 50 hp mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. This car has had its engine rebuilt with a big bore kit upping displacement to 1.7 liters, which should provide a small bump in torque and horsepower to help propel the car along. Overall, this is a beautiful example of a very highly regarded vintage Porsche that would surely grab the attention of any Porsche enthusiast.


Year: 1955
Model: 356 Pre-A Coupe
Engine: 1.3 liter flat-4 (rebuilt to 1720 cc with big bore kit)
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 132,000 mi
Price: Auction (reserve met)

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1955 Porsche 356 1300 Normal Reutter Coupe
VIN / Chassis Number: 53950
A great-driving 356
Fully sorted
Big Bore Kit
Skirmants transmission
Absolutely rust-free, extra clean and never smoked in since restoration

Turkish Red (Porsche Code 5402 / Reutter Code 538) with Yellow Leatherette (B) interior

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Production year: 1955
Type: Pre-A
Style: coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter
History of this 356
· Four known owners
· Originally delivered to U.S. Air Force major, stationed in Wiesbaden, (then-West) Germany
· Per Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
o Sealed Beam Headlights
o Speedometer in Miles
o “Continental” script
· First owner returned to Ohio with the car, 1958
· At least one additional interim owner
· Purchased by active PCA, 356 Registry member and Ohio Porsche club historian, with 122,650 miles, August 1992
· Purchased by current owner, active PCA and 356 Registry member, with 127,406 indicated miles, August 1999
· Always careful, light use by current owner
· Photographed in 2001 Meadowbrook Concours program
· Featured in “New 2004, Old 356” Calendar
· Photographed in September/October 2007 356 Registry magazine at East Coast Holiday
· Currently less than 132,000 total miles
Built by previous owner, 1990’s
Fully sorted
Engine # P 22178 on third piece of case matches Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Production year: 1955
Internal designation: 506/2
Common name: 1300 Normal
Third piece also stamped “1”

· Case halves each match, both stamped “1” and matched to third piece
· Left case half stamped “9417”
· Right case half stamped “506/2,” confirming 1300cc
· Originally 1300cc, rebuilt with NPR 1720cc big bore kit
· Fresh Mahle oil filter and Shell Rotella T 15w-40 oil
· No known leaks
· Noise-free
· Turns over easily, starts promptly
· Steady 800 RPM idle
· Pulls smoothly and runs cool

Fitted with:
· Zenith 32 NDIX carburetors, rebuilt 2006 by Precision Matters
· Knecht air filters
· Correct fuel hoses and uncut metal fuel line
· Rebuildable glass fuel filter near rear axle
· J pipes and muffler with light gray high-temperature coating
· Later Bosch JFR 4 distributor with points and condenser ignition
· Powder-coated sheet metal
· Oil filter canister, fan shroud and coil refinished with proper labels
Serial #6348 H5, Type 519
· Original transmission serial #6579 H3 has been replaced
· Both case halves matching, stamped “235”
· Rebuilt by Vic Skirmants at 356 Enterprises May 1998
· BBAB Speedster gears
· Leak-free
· Noise-free
· Shifts smoothly to all gears
· Clutch functions correctly with no slip or judder
· Linkage and clutch properly adjusted
A completely rust-free car with nice gaps and proper-fitting trim in very good condition
Turkish Red (Porsche Code 5402 / Reutter Code 538)
Painted prior to current owner purchase in 1999

· Doors, hood and deck lid open and close easily with nice gaps
· Hood original, stamped “50,” matching chassis number/VIN
· Rear deck appears to be stamped “50” and original, matching chassis number/VIN, although stamp is hard to read
· Few imperfections from 14+ years of careful use – see photos
· Door bottoms completely rust-free
· Rust-free floors
· Rockers, longitudinals and all four wheel wells show no signs of rust
· Battery floor is very nice with no rust
· Undercoating covered with black Rustoleum paint
· Glass has mostly correct markings and is in very good condition
· Windshield and rear window both fit nicely
· Bright trim complete and in very good condition
· All body gaskets and seals in very good condition and properly fitted
· Chrome side window trim in very good condition with no pitting or other damage
· Door and vent windows operate properly
· Door checks work properly with no popping noise
· Door locks and ignition lock all work properly
· Correct metal front and rear bumpers with rub strips and bright trim in very good condition
· Correct chassis info plate and door post cover tags

· Yellow Leatherette interior in very good condition
· Seats are correctly padded and in very good condition
· Correct recliners
· Door and quarter trim panels have no damage
· Oatmeal carpet in very good condition
· Stock rubber mats in very good condition
· Front trunk mat and vinyl upholstery
· Engine compartment upholstery
· Fuel shut off works properly and does not leak
· Nice headliner with no damage
· Polished aluminum coat hooks
· Correct sun visors
· Porsche script radio blanking plate
· Glove box and door fit well with very nice liner
· Seat belts properly fitted with reinforced mounts through floor

Quiet on the road with no wind noise, squeaks, rattles or other concerns
Suspension, brakes, steering
All fully restored and sorted
· Koni shocks
· Solid bushings and tie rod ends
· Correct one-piece axle boots
· Drum brakes correctly rebuilt
· Drums were turned
· Rear wheel bearings and seals replaced
· Recent steel brake lines and rubber hoses
· DOT 5 silicone brake fluid properly installed
· Front and rear backing plates and other fittings in good condition
· Parking brake operates properly
· ZF steering box

Vredestein Sport Classic 165HR15 tires, new in 2009, with less than 1000 miles and even tread wear

5 ½ inch wide Brazilian chrome wheels with baby moon hubcaps, all in very good condition

Drives as it should. Tracks straight. Brakes function as-new and with no pulling.
All The Rest
· 6 volt electrical system
· Optima 800 cold cranking ampere sealed battery
· All gauges function
· Starter pushbutton operates normally with no concerns
· Lights, horn and wipers all operate
· 400mm VDM steering wheel with lower one-third horn ring
· Taillights are bright and work properly with turn signals
· Period-correct Hella rear fog light is third brake light
· No holes drilled to add third brake light
· Hirschmann red tip antenna
· Fuel tank is completely clean, sealed and free of any contamination inside
· Windshield washer system, mostly complete and intact
· Heater works properly
· Always garaged
Also included
· Original Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
· Motor Cities Gruppe grille badge
· Genuine 1955 “Heimatwettbewerb A.D.A.C. Gau Hessen” (Hessen Homeland Rally) grille badge
· Bilstein VW jack
· Space saver modern temporary spare, never used, mounted on “1/56” Lemmerz original wheel
· Four ignition keys and one door key
· Battery Tender 6V trickle charger with cables and packaging
· Copies of title transfers in 1992 and 1999
· Folder of all receipts since purchase in 1999
· Two fitted car covers for indoor and outdoor protection
· Small box of spare parts
· Vintage Oshkosh U.S.-made suitcase in good condition
· Vintage European maps
· Vintage bulb and fuse set in metal case
· Frommer’s G.I.’s Guide to Travelling in Europe paperback, copyright 1955
· Pair of genuine U.S. Forces in Germany 1955 license plates in unrestored mint condition
· Photocopy Porsche parts and service manuals
· Porsche Owners Club Troubleshooting Guide booklet
· 2001 Meadowbrook Concours program
· “New 2004, Old 356” calendar
· Clear Michigan title

“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away”- Tom Waits:
Please remember, this is a used car, which, as nice as it may be, is not prefect. I strive to deliver accurate descriptions, but it is possible to miss small deficiencies and will not be held liable for these minor misnomers. This vehicle is sold AS IS/WHERE IS and comes with no warranties, expressed or implied, whatsoever.
Known issues:
· Paint is very nice overall, with more than 14 years of careful maintenance
· Some nicks, scratches and other paint damage since older respray and subsequent driving
· 25mm diameter bubble in paint on top of right quarter panel. Not cracked, but fragile
· 30mm long scratch in front hood at right edge
· Small dent in right quarter, near bubble described above
· Hood has been “kinked,” but is repaired and fits well
· Original glass has few scratches
· Safeview DOT windshield has very minor pitting, but no cracks or delamination.
· Some nicks in aluminum trim around windshield and rear window, but trim fits nicely
· Steering box leaks oil slightly. Box is currently full and operates correctly.
· Slight groaning noise on releasing clutch from a stop. Appears to be release bearing. Does not happen at other times or affect performance.
· Dash lights do not work
· Dome light does not work
· Turn signal indicator in stalk does not work. Bulb is good. Has power. Turn signals work properly.
· Choke/hand throttle is not connected, missing linkage
· Left sun visor lens is cracked
· Windshield washer missing tubing, but is otherwise complete
· Battery hold-down is solid, but not correct
Not included:
· “Continental” scripts
· Battery cover
· Tools, other than described
· Documents and records, other than described

Pre-purchase inspection is welcomed. Please contact me through “Ask a question” to arrange inspection and for any additional information.

Offered with realistic reserve. There is no “Buy It Now” price. Auction will not end early. Car will be sold to the highest bidder.


Buyer is responsible for vehicle pickup or shipping.

$1000.00 deposit required within 48 hours of auction close.

PayPal accepted for deposit, only.

Payment methods accepted:
-Wire transfer in US funds.
-Cashier’s Check (certified from US or Canadian bank) or money order.
-Cash (in person).

PayPal not accepted for full purchase payment.

Vehicle and title will be released to the buyer only after funds clear. There will be no exceptions.
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The seller has provided a wealth of information and pictures for what appears to be a well-sorted restoration. It’s not pristine concours level, but still seems quite good. Even better, the reserve on this auction has been met. These cars saw a large bump in value a few years ago and while they have since stabilized somewhat they are still sought after by many collectors. With bidding currently at $76,600 this car is at an interesting price. Hagerty values a ‘condition 1’ example around $130,000 so with a little work there may be a nice uptick in value potential here.