Mercedes-Benz 300 SL convertible W198 II

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL convertible W198 II

1 100 000 €*


The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198 II) for sale, early 1950s legendary is a classic car. The convertible 300 SL was produced from 1955, while the coupe, was presented in the NewYork show in february 1954. Produced by the German manufacturer of Stuttgart and created by the designer Friedrich Geiger, it is considered as the most emblematic Mercedes produced after the Second World War for its originality, its technical and aesthetic qualities. Its success across the Atlantic where 4/5 of the production was sold reinforces the image of sports vehicles of the manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes 300 SL drophead W198 II road version is the descendant of the 300 model competition model W194 victorious of the Carrera Panamericana 1952. The Mercedes 300 SL roadster model W198 II, W signifying Wagen (car in English) will be the first Mercedes-Benz equipped with petrol injection, 300 indicating its displacement of three liters and SL meaning Sport Leicht, that is Sport Light in English. This cabriolet represents the alliance of luxury and performance, many stars having owned it, from Elvis Presley to the Prince Philip or the Duke of Edibourg.

Due to the very high price of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in the 50s, a simplified version with a cylinder capacity of 1.9 liters was manufactured in 1955 in the same Sindelfingen factory as the latter, under the name Mercedes 190 SL. In this context,he Mercedes-Benz 300 SL had outstanding technical features for the time with a tubular chassis, fuel injection since 1955. This classic car and the 190 SL will be replaced in 1963 by the roadster Mercedes 230 SL. The first series of 300 SL, powered by a six-cylinder 3.6-liter carburetor is identifiable by its position lights at the top of the front fenders was produced before August 1954 in Coupe version, Mercedes-Benz also developing lightweight fiberglass and plastic bodies. The Mercedes 300 SL traditional road version was produced with a steel body, the doors, the hood and the trunk being made of aluminum. Some rare coupe models (29 between 1955 and 1956), were made with all-aluminum body making it possible to reduce by 80 kg the weight of this car. The aerodynamics of this Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster was ingenious for the 1950s, especially with its spoilers above the notches of the wheel openings and, comparatively with the coupe, it will have an instrument panel and a grille with rectangular headlights that will mark the Mercedes style from the SL (R113). It will have an optional hardtop from 1958.

For the 1950s, the suspension of this Mercedes-Benz 300 SL convertible was comfortable and its steering precise, this classic sports car engine was coming from the sedan, heavily tilted in order to have a low hood. Its power went from 115 horsepower in the classic carburetor sedan version to 215-hp with Bosch's mechanical injection system for this sporty collection car. These features enabled the 300 SL convertible to become the fastest sports car of the time with a top speed of almost 240 km/h, around 10 km/h less than the coupe, more profiled and ligher of 35 kg. Four disc brakes will be mounted on this Mercedes 300 SL roadster from 1961 and a new engine (M 198 III) entirely in aluminum will be installed in 1962, with 222 horsepower. The rear suspension of the drophead will also be modified to have a more accurate handling than the coupe on high-speed.

The legend of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL comes largely from its competitive sporting record, having won dozens of major events, the most notable of which are the 24 Hours of Le Mans or the Carrera Panamericana 1952 won by the W194. The Mercedes 300 SL was also, between 1955 and 1956, Italian Sports Car Champion, European Rally Champion, Liège-Rome-Liège winner, Adriatic Rally, Tulip Rally, Or Dolomites winner, second in the Tour de France car, winner of the rallies of the Acropolis, Sestriere or the Race of the Mont Ventoux. It will also be the Portugal champion of the 1957 rallies, the 1957-58 Grand Tour and the 1960 Grand Tour rally winner.

The Mercedes 300 SL convertible for sale on the site have steel body, is in a state of restoration and operation near new condition, concours condition, matching numbers and certified. Its known history will be communicated with the complete restoration file of the vehicle to the new owner.


  • Number of cylinders:6-cylinder with overhead camshaft, 12 valves with direct mechanical injection in front longitudinal position
  • Displacement:2996 cm³
  • Bore x stroke:85 x 88 mm
  • Compression ratio:9.5: 1
  • Fiscal power:17 HP
  • Maximum horsepower:235 (6 100 rotations / min)
  • Maximum torque:28 mkg (4 600 rotations /min)

Other technical elements

  • Transmission:Rear-wheel drive with 4-speed gearbox
  • Direction:With nut and recirculating balls
  • Suspension:Independent with coil springs, superimposed wishbones on the front, rear oscilating axle
  • Brakes:Brake drums on the 4 wheels. Disc brakes from 1961
  • Wheels and tyres:185 HR 15 tyres
  • Body:2 doors 2 seats convertible with steel body on tubular chassis
  • Ref.:2641

Dimensions, production and performance

  • Manufacturer:AC Cars
  • Length:457 cm
  • Width:177 cm
  • Height:130 cm
  • Wheelbase:240 cm
  • Front track:138 cm
  • Rear track:143 cm
  • Number of copies:1858
  • Years of production:1957-1963
  • Maximum speed:250 km/h
  • 0 to 100 km/h:10 s

Color and finishing

  • Interior finishing:Leather

Conservation status

Concours condition
Complete restoration from the chassis

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