Storied 300SL ‘Gullwing’ for sale again

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Just months after selling at auction for more than $1.19 million, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “gullwing” coupe with a fascinating story is being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by an upstate New York specialist dealership for $1.295 million. 

The Pick of the Day is the fifth-from-last 300SL produced, chassis 7500071, and was equipped with all of the late-production features, the dealer’s advertisement and the RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale sales catalog note. Those features include the optional Becker Mexico radio and full-leather seating.

The car was sold new to 28-year-old Donald Bueermann of Portland, Oregon. In the early 1960s, it was sold to oil-company heir Arthur L.W. True, a Spokane, Washington, resident and sports car racer who also owned Ferrari 250 TR chassis 0704. 

When True died at age 35, his family donated several of his cars, including the Gullwing and Ferrari, to the Henry Ford museum. The museum later sold the Gullwing to a resident of Jackson, Michigan, who drove it briefly and then loaned it to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Indiana, where it was on display from 1968 until just before its sale in Fort Lauderdale. Proceeds from that sale were donated to the YMCA in Jackson, Michigan.

“Such superb surroundings (the ACD Museum) have helped the 300 SL survive in exceptionally original condition,” the New York dealership notes in its advertisement. 

“Much of the Fire Engine Red finish (534) has been redone, as-necessary over passing years, but is still present on the factory hubcaps. The original Cream upholstery was quickly surface-dyed black decades ago, but remains intact, and there are no tears or scratches. 

The engine

“All of the 36,375 actual miles recorded at the time of cataloging were added prior to 1968. The car is still equipped with its original Michelin spare.

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“There are almost no other Gullwings that have survived in the condition of this car, and fewer still that have been continuously admired and beloved by so many, for so long, firing the imagination. For three decades, visitors to one of America’s foremost automotive museums have had the opportunity to envision mastering the art.”

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. cars had a wow factor then I have a jag mk 5 1950 and a healey 3000 mk 3 bj8 great cars wish it worked for me wish you all luck steve Ismay

  2. My father always said that he could’ve bought one of these Gullwings for 5k in the ’60’s. He was a preacher just starting out and that was "crazy" money for him.

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