1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
CHASSIS NO. 1980406500265 ENGINE NO. 6500277
Originally this Gullwing came in Rojo Tapiza (DB 516) with natural beige leather interior. Other originally ordered features include twin fog lights, locking doors, and glove box, heater and ventilation. At some point in the cars history the original motor was replaced with a 300SL roadster engine. As we understand this work was done at the factory/dealer.
At some point in the last 10 to 15 years, the car was repainted to its current burgundy livery and the seat trim was slightly upgraded to later specifications. Importantly the chassis and motor numbers match, the engine still has its original belly pans and recently the car has benefitted from new brake hoses and cylinders. The panelwork is straight and the shut lines are all even. Under the bottom edge of the passenger door are the original Mexican brass registration plates denoting all the correct numbers for the car.
Today the car still has its fire extinguisher and custom made window panels which were made up for Legoreta and used when the car ran in the Pan Americana. Having been in the care of very few owners since new its condition shows the care that each one of them took for this timeless classic.
From Twitter06/06/2013 - CoppadoroDolomi - photo
1956: the Kurt Zeller competed in Coppa d'Oro with a 300 SL.-
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Posted: 30 Dec 2008
From WikipediaThe Mercedes-Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. Later it was offered as an open roadster. It was the fastest production car of its day. Built by Daimler-Benz AG and internally numbered W198, the fuel-injected road version was based (somewhat loosely) on the company's highly successful competition-only sports car of 1952, the somewhat less powerful carbureted Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194). The road model was suggested by Max Hoffman.
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