Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe W198

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe W198

1 580 000 €*

About

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) offered for sale are legendary automobiles of the early 1950s. The coupe 300 SL Gullwing or convertible produced by the German manufacturer of Stuttgart was created by the designer Friedrich Geiger. By its technical characteristics, it is considered as the most emblematic Mercedes produced after the Second World War for its originality, its technical and aesthetic qualities, notably its gullwing doors called Flügeltüren in Germany, literally gullwing in English. 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 W198 road version is the descendant of the 300 model competition model W194 victorious of the Carrera Panamericana 1952. The Mercedes 300 SL coupe gullwing model W198, W signifying Wagen (car in English) was presented in february 1954 at the New York show in coupe version with gullwing doors. It 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.

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 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 or disc brakes from 1962. 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. It was produced before August 1954, with 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 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 gullwing was ingenious for the 1950s, especially with its spoilers above the notches of the wheel openings.

In this context, the three Mercedes 300 SL coupe for sale on the site have steel body and original gullwing doors. The latter were designed due to the constraints of the tubular chassis of the vehicle and the high threshold of its doors. For the 1950s, the suspension of the Mercedes Gullwing was comfortable and its steering precise, the steering wheel having been designed with tipping system to enter more easily in the cockpit of this classic sports car. Its 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 Gullwing to become the fastest sports car of the time with a top speed between 235 to 260 km/h according to the axle ratios.

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 Gulwing also allowed to beat a world record of atypical speed, that of cycling, close to 205 km/h, thanks to the equipment of an aerodynamic wind screen located at the rear of the vehicle.

Rare occurence, we offer for sale 3 models of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwind, with steel body in perfect working condition and exceptional presentation. These three classic cars, concours condition, matching numbers and certified, have a known history that will be communicated at the same time as the complete restoration file of the vehicle to the new owner.

Engine

  • 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:8.55: 1
  • Fiscal power:17 HP
  • Maximum horsepower:215 (5 800 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
  • Wheels and tyres:185/80/15 tires
  • Body:2 doors 2 seats coupe gullwing with steel body on tubular chassis
  • Ref.:2640

Dimensions, production and performance

  • Length:452 cm
  • Width:177 cm
  • Height:130 cm
  • Wheelbase:240 cm
  • Front track:138 cm
  • Rear track:143 cm
  • Number of copies:1401
  • Years of production:1955-1957
  • Maximum speed:260 km/h
  • 0 to 100 km/h:8.8 s
  • 1 000 meters standing start:28.5 s

Color and finishing

  • Interior finishing:Leather

Conservation status

Concours condition

*The complete file of this automobile with historical, restoration status, detailed photos, expertise and vehicle visit will be communicated after proof of bank funds. Contact us for more information.