1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL – REVISIT


The stunning 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL I wrote up in March remains available for just under 2 million dollars. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a deal you’re not likely to find one soon as these Gullwings aren’t likely to depreciate anytime soon. So, as with last time, just enjoy the pictures!

The below post originally appeared on our site March 23, 2014:

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed manual

The R107 SL had one of the longest lifespans of any model in Mercedes-Benz history. From 1972 to the dawn of the 1990s, this two-seat roadster represented the style, performance and durability that were hallmarks of the Three Pointed Star. Curiously, Mercedes decided the V8 versions were enough variety for the US consumer, leaving the six cylinder models, some with manual gearboxes, to other markets. This low mileage 1986 300SL for sale in is now eligible for importation to the US under the 25 year guideline. Signal red over black leather is a classic combination for these cars. The 5-speed manual coupled to the 3.0 liter inline-6 makes for an involving experience. Look a little closer and there is one option that had me ogling over this car. The very rare on-board computer. I have never before seen this option fitted to an SL.

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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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Party Like It’s 1989 Week: ’89 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed


The day has finally arrived. It is now the year where R107s of all kinds are legal for entry into the US, no matter where they came from. For me, this has my eyes set squarely on one very specific model: the 1989 300SL with the 5-speed manual gearbox. The final years of the R107 SL saw but one model in the US market, the 560SL with the 5.6 liter V8 engine. Those that have driven them know these are competent cruisers but aren’t the most all out sporting of machines. For 1986, Mercedes revived a storied name when it dropped the M103 inline-6 under the hood: 300SL. For those not in need of the power (or fuel economy) of a V8, this was an attractive option and was offered with another feature not available on US-bound R107s: a 5-speed manual gearbox.

As a preview to our week of celebrating 1989 vehicles eligible for importation stateside, here is a very low mileage 1989 300SL for sale just south of Cologne, Germany that is equipped with a 5-speed manual. It also has a few other options like heated front seats and the rear Kinder seat that you don’t normally see on the US market 560SL model.

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The R107 Mercedes-Benz SL lived a long and fruitful life here in the US, becoming the object of desire for a diverse array of well to do demographic segments, from rich housewives to carefree playboys. Appearing on numerous television series and movies only helped to bolster its appeal as the car to have. For me, my favorite R107 was one that we never got stateside, the 300SL. Mercedes decided to bring back that iconic moniker in 1986 when the dropped the M103 inline-6 under the hood. While not as powerful as the V8, it did offer the choice of a 5-speed manual, if you felt inclined to row your own gears. If you aren’t feeling up to the task of importing one yourself, this 300SL for sale in California is ripe for the picking.

Year: 1986
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 83,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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For sale is a 1986 Mercedes 300SL with 83,000 miles. This car has had one owner and is in great condition with no rust and runs strong. Interior is all original in great shape as well. Paint and soft top is in great condition too. Soft top does has a little fading on plastic window, but other than that it is in amazing condition. VIN number is 1070411a042315. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at Bronte82@gmail.com. PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BIDDING! Thanks!

A driver quality 560SL in good condition will typically run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $13,000 to $20,000, with the kind of mileage we’re looking at on this example. Anything over $20,000 and into the $30,000 range is typically reserved for lower mileage, show quality vehicles. I’d suspect somewhere in the range of $12,000 to $14,000 would probably be a realistic estimate for this particular R107, given it is of the six cylinder variety. If this were a 5-speed manual car, it could be worth a little bit more to the right buyer.


Afternoon Accessories: Mercedes-Benz 300SL Luggage


Who doesn’t want a Mercedes-Benz 300SL? I doubt few enthusiasts would say “Nah, they’re for the plebs”. As one of the first modern “supercars”, the 300SL was not only a racing legend but also a luxurious road car when it hit the street. One of the neatest features of those 300SLs was undoubtedly the match luggage that fit neatly into the back, ensuring when you arrived at St. Moritz for your ski holiday your luggage would not have been thrown around the cabin on your way up the Alps. Today I found a set of this neat piece of history on Ebay:


Year: 1954-1963
Model: 300SL
Price: No Reserve Auction

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In the scale of cool car memorobilia, these rank an 11 for Mercedes-Benz fans, and for most is the only way they’ll get into an original SL. At time of writing this vintage luggage is low bidding without a reserve at $2,800 – not a steal, but in the million plus dollar world of 300SLs, that’s downright cheap.


1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

We’re always keeping an eye out for what might be the next hot item when it comes to German cars. For decades, the Mercedes-Benz SL has been the object of desire for many automotive enthusiasts. The R107 SL was the longest lived of any SL generation. Over 300,000 examples of the SL and SLC were built, which might have had a hand in keeping values to a dull roar. In the last couple of years, however, this roadster has been gaining its fair share of notice in the collector market.

By the end of the 1980s, Mercedes-Benz was at a crossroads. The last new vehicle introduced was the W124 E class and 1989 would see the curtain close on the R107. We never saw the six cylinder 300SL in the US, but 25 years is about to pass since the last example rolled off the assembly line, thus making these lesser engined SLs accessible to those interested on these shores. This left hand drive example for sale in the United Kingdom is a low mileage, one owner cream puff sourced from Germany.


Year: 1989
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 28,492 miles
Price: £32,995 (~ $50,195)

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The R107 was produced from 1972 in two variants the SL and SLC. The SL being a 2 seater convertible roadster with a soft top/removable hard top and the SLC being a 2 door coupe.

The SLs defined personal luxury cars for almost 2 decades (1971-1989) Being one of the second longest chassis series that Mercedes have produced there are plenty of engine choices and variants to choose, from the early 2.8 and 3.0 litre straight six engines, to the huge 5.6 litre V8’s of the late 1980’s.

Having been produced over a long period the model saw its engine choices and efficency upgraded in 1981. The real benefit for the model was the comprehensive updates that were carried out and fitted to post 1985 cars to bring them up to the then current modern standards, at the same time the new 300SL replaced the 280SL. These included a KE Jetronic system which gave the cars a more sophisticated modern engine management system. This helped to control the idle and air/fuel rate more efficiently. Reworked suspension and anti roll bars resulted in a more controlled ride, large 4 pot front brake calipers increased the cars braking ability, a limited differential was added and quite a few front end parts were borrowed from the newly introduced W124 series. The front and rear bumpers were updated along with a hefty amount of body sheet metal changes then finished with the new door handles from the W126 series and a set of light alloy wheels similar to the W201 chassis.

Built at a time when engineers ruled at Mercedes rather than the accountants the R107 chassis was built to a standard rather than a price. It was built for 18 years for a very good reason and one that will become more and more appreciated as time goes on.

LHD, Heated leather seats, Lorinser steering wheel, Air-conditioning, Cruise control, JVC tape player, Electric windows, Power steering, Central locking, Anti-lock brakes, Electric mirror, First aid kit, Spare wheel.

This 1 owner German supplied SL has been pampered all its life only being driven in the dry and kept indoors in a private car collection. We have never seen an SL in such breathtaking condition, the paint work is excellent and free from any imperfections, the only sign of use are a couple of tiny stone chips behind the rear wheels. All of the chrome is factory fresh and the overall appearance of the car is like new. The only negative to point out is that the inner rubber door seal is getting a little dry but this could easily be replaced.

The car gets even better underneath and due to it life in a dry, warm climate the arches and underside look like new, perfectly free from rust and still white like the top side. The factory clear wax still protects theses areas and all the ancillaries show no signs of any surface corrosion. The car has clearly never seen a wet road. The original hood is still fitted and is in perfect condition with no wear and the hardtop is unmarked.

Open the door and that new car smell welcomes you giving a sensation that you’re back in a Mercedes showroom in the 1980’s. The leather is in incredible condition and remains soft and supple with no signs of any wear. The plastic trim retains its new matt finish without any signs of use or age. All of the carpets are factory fresh and protected with the original Mercedes over mats. Being a German spec’d car it is fitted with all the factory options including air conditioning (ice cold), heated leather seats and cruise control. The boot area looks like it has never had anything inside it and under the carpet sits the unused spare wheel that still has the fitting instructions clipped to the valve cover.

The car has a full Mercedes service history showing light but regular use so as you would expect the car is in good mechanical order. Under the bonnet shows a perfectly detailed engine compartment still coated in its original wax, every nut and bolt is immaculate. Don’t confuse this with a car that has been prepped, detailed and polished, the reason for this remarkable condition is due to the dry weather use and 1st class maintenance.

All of the alloys are unmarked and are all shod in matching Pirelli tyres that all have over 7mm of tread. The calipers still look new and the discs and pads show minimal wear.

The car has been in the hands of one careful owner from new . The original document pack is still with the car that contains all the owners manuals and most importantly the Mercedes service book. The book is fully stamped with a full Mercedes history and despite the low mileage there are 13 separate stamps. The mileage is 46,579 kilometers which is the equivalent to 28,942 miles.

I’ve driven a few late model R107s with the 5.6 liter V8 engine. They aren’t the sportiest vehicles, but are competent cruisers. While I am always a fan of more power, I felt the 5.6 liter V8 for a car of this size was a bit overkill. Even though the SL was conceived as a sports car, by 1989 they were more boulevard cruiser. The R107 is another one of those bucket list cars for me and I’d be perfectly happy with a 300SL like this. The M103 inline six would be more fuel efficient and cheaper to service over time.

This particular 300SL could be one of the very best out there, but at $50,000, you are into W113 Pagoda SL territory. I’d hasten to say that this is another one of those cars that is priced ahead of where the market is currently. While different countries will vary a bit on pricing, a very low mileage, mint condition 560SL in the US will currently run you around $25,000 to $30,000, with the best reaching into low $30,000 territory. I’d suspect somewhere around that range would be more realistic for this machine, before taking shipping and importation fees into account.


1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

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Walking along Park Avenue last weekend, I was thinking about the recently gutted Mercedes-Benz showroom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at East 56th Street. It must have been a shock years ago for New Yorkers to pass by this shop and see a low slung roadster derived from racing technology sitting inside a space that foretold the forthcoming Guggenheim Museum that would open in 1959. The 300SL was a car in stark contrast to the fins and chrome of domestic vehicles of that era. We featured a 300SL Roadster last month during Convertible Week, and now another one of these graceful machines has come up for sale in Vancouver.

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Year: 1960
Model: 300SL Roadster
Engine: 3.0 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 113,464 mi
Price: $769,000 Buy It Now

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1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. Matching Numbers, US Specification, Two Tops, W198 II

Chassis: 198.042-10-002403
Body: A198.042-10-00125
Engine: 198.980-10-9500126
Exterior: DB 439 G – Cream Paint (Body)
DB 442 G – Medium Brown Paint (Hard top)
Interior: 1079 – Red Leather
Delivered to: Toronto, Canada
Date Completed: September 3, 1959
Model: U.S. Version
Rear axle ratio 1: 3.89

This is a US model 1960 300SL Roadster with factory documented numbers-matching, big brakes, two tops (Hard top and Soft top) with a rare factory two-tone paint scheme. Additional features include a Talbot mirror, and an original set of period correct Marchal headlight lenses.

Originally, and still finished in DB 439 G (cream) with a DB 442 G (medium brown) hardtop, red (1079) leather and red carpets. The current paint shows very well. It was painted gold (tunis beige metallic) at some point in its life, and then returned to the original cream. The hardtop still shows a gold edge, but the medium brown paint is original and shows a nice patina. This 300SL Roadster was ordered new for a client in Canada. It was shipped from the factory to Toronto, Ontario.

This is a rare Canadian 300SL with just three owners from new. The most recent owner bought the car in 1969 and kept it until early 2013. The compression is very strong in all cylinders. A new stainless steel exhaust has been installed; the fuel pump just came back from Pacific Fuel Injection Service, where it was completely rebuilt.

It is evident that this 300SL was driven frequently and well maintained. There are some older visible repairs to front and rear bodywork. The hood is an OEM replacement and is in perfect condition. As we do our best to offer a complete history of every car, we make this note to offer a full picture of all the facts and findings we have.

This beautiful 300SL does not pull to either side when driving. This Roadster starts with ease and the 1:3.89 gear ratio makes for a very sporty and fun driving experience. As many 300SL are being “reborn” and “restored” this is the ideal candidate for a full restoration. A complete, running car is a much better canvas to start with than a frame, body and a room full of boxes. This is a very desirable year, with great factory options.

Ownership History:
William Schwenger: 1961 – 1968 – Canada
Harry Woodford: 1968 – 1969 – Canada
Robert Lush: 1969 – 2013 – Canada

Please call Tim at +1 (250) 812-6409 to have any additional questions answered or to see the car in person.

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Whether it’s the Gullwing or the Roadster, a 300SL will never come cheap. This car was under the care of one owner for a long while and is numbers matching, wearing its original colors. That means a lot to collectors, although I’d like to know if the entire body was painted at one point or whether it was just a few panels that were repaired as described. The 300SL we featured last month was a tad nicer, but this car is unrestored and carries a lower price, although not by much. If there aren’t any problems lurking underneath from previous accident repairs, I would say the asking price isn’t too far off the mark. A lot of these classic SLs have been treated to nut and bolt restorations, so coming across one like this is a rare treat.


Convertible Week: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL is a car of imagery for me. Whenever I see one, I think of scenes past of the French Riviera, or perhaps a winter weekend jaunt to St. Moritz with skis strapped to the rear luggage rack. In any case, this is a car that defined the jet set of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Following the iconic 300SL Gullwing, the 300SL Roadster attempted to tame a bit of the hard edges of its closed roof sibling, with a lower pivot swing axle in the rear with compensating spring. Fewer than 2,000 300SL roadsters were produced and they have long been some of the priciest classic Mercedes-Benzes. This 1960 300SL for sale in Vancouver is no exception.

Year: 1960
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 190,000 mi
Price: $799,000 Buy It Now

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Engine: M198.980.10.002639
Exterior Color: White (DB050)
Interior Color: Black

This is a matching numbers, big brake, two top (Hard top and Soft top) Roadster with chrome wheels, Original tools, original jack, Dual Talbot mirrors, Factory Becker radio, 1960 USA Specification model. Originally DB 050 (white) with black leather. All leather interior is still original! Original carpets have been replaced with Mercedes German carpets. The original paint has been refinished at least once with DB 050 (white), The current paint finish is patina’d with touch ups from typical road use.The car was bought new by an American Airforce Captain, picked up from the factory in Germany (tourist delivery) while he was stationed there. He reportedly requested the second Talbot mirror when picking up the car. The 1st owner took it home to Arizona and sold it to his friend (another ex-service guy). The next owner, a very proud and active member of the 300SL club and resident of California, bought it in 1968 and ran it right up until he couldn’t drive any more.

This car is essentially a single owner car (1968 – 2011). The first 2 owners had the car for just a few years. The most recent owner used it to get his “feet wet” and see if he liked the car and ultimately bought a 1963 Alloy block car. He put about 2,000 miles on the car, driving it in Canada and Southern California during the winter. The thing I love most about this car is that it has a factory hard top box which I have never seen before! The box has all the original markings and names of the first three owners on it. The top end of the motor on this car has been re done in the past 3 years and the car runs and drives faultlessly.

Ownership History:

Captn. Jim Lancaster
E.D. Miller
“Pinky” Winther
Canadian collector

Please call Tim at +1 (250) 812-6409 to have any additional questions answered or to see the car in person. We have another 1960 two top, two owner from new, matching numbers 300SL Roadster for sale as well. It is an ideal candidate for a full restoration. Inquire if interested.

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Prices for 300SL roadsters are ranging between $600,000 and $800,000 on average. I really like this car because it has been used regularly, was repainted in its original color and bears a nice patina. It’s not a perfect 300SL, but I like to think that if I had the means, I’d have a classic like this to tool around in from time to time, because as time passes, new cars aren’t doing it for me anymore.


1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-Speed Manual

Several years before the introduction of the SLK, Mercedes-Benz tried to recapture some of that sporting magic with the R129 SL, introduced at the end of 1989. The R107 had an almost 20 year production run, shaping the SL’s image in America as a bit of a boulevard cruiser. With the new SL, Mercedes-Benz went out on a limb and offered not only a six cylinder engine, but a 5-speed manual transmission with this engine. Very few of these R129s were sold with the third pedal and these days, most forgo this “entry” level model for the V8 engined SL500, as these were more powerful (and plentiful).

This rare R129 for sale in Tennessee has just under 100,000 miles and looks to have been rather well cared for over the years.

Year: 1990
Model: 300SL
Engine: 3.0 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 98,350 mi
Price: $7,595 Buy It Now

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1990 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster

98,350 Miles

5-Speed Manual Transmission shifts smooth and fun

Removable Hardtop that is in wonderful shape. Paint and glass perfect

Very clean, great running cruiser that has given many wonderful road trips. This car is driven regularly and has only offered pleasurable experiences. Attracts attention wherever we take it with thumbs up as we cruise through the mountains. Retractable top works great as does the power windows, seats, cd, cruise, auto deploy roll bar, all dash lights and gauges, even the wipers on the head lights.

Serviced regularly

423.612.1749 after 5:00 M-F and anytime on the weekends.

Clear Title and ready for another wonderful convertible season. This car is for sale locally so the auction can end at anytime. No warranties or guarantees as is sale. 10% of sale price within 48 hours of sale. Delivery is the buyers responsibility. Thank you for your interest and good luck.

Even though it might seem to have sporting intentions with the manual gearbox, speed wasn’t the order of the day with the 300SL. These were heavy cars, weighing in at around 4,000 lbs. This stunted performance from the 228 horsepower inline six. But, with the manual transmission, you’ll be able to make the most of what you’ve got. These early, six cylinder R129s aren’t valued particularly high. As a result, you can regularly snag them for under $10,000. Given the condition, I’d say this SL is priced just right and offers exclusivity that is hard to match at this price point.