1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
Engine type In-line 6 cylinder (M198)
Displacement 2,996 cc
Bore 85 mm
Stroke 88 mm
Output @ 5,800 rpm 215 hp
Torque @ 4,600 rpm 28 Nm
Performance (0-62 mph) 10 s
Top speed 155 mph (250 km/h)
Total units produced (Coupe) 1,400
The legendary “Gullwing” coupe was the first true sports car to be developed by Daimler-Benz after World War II. The development of the car was initiated by Max Hoffman, a US citizen of Austrian descent, who had been the official importer of Mercedes-Benz cars since September 1952. For the board of directors of Daimler-Benz, Hoffman's plan to sell sports cars with the Mercedes star on the hood, was a welcome opportunity to open the US market for Daimler-Benz. In September 1953 the development of the 300 SL was launched. The series production version of the 300 SL, which was presented in February 1954 at the "International Motor Sports Show" in New York, was based on a race car from the 1952 season. Production started late in 1954 and over the course of three years only 1400 cars were produced. Sought after by collectors, this car continues to be an icon of timeless design.
Chassis no: 198.040-55-00339, Fire Engine Red / Natural Leather
Restored, matching numbers car in excellent condition. Perfect car for vintage rallies like the Colorado Grand.
Car is in California
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