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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
AUCTION RESULTS: Car was Not Sold at a high bid of $375,000

215bhp, 2,996 cc overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

As supported by an extensive scrapbook of documentation and newspaper clippings accompanying the car, this particular 300SL Coupé was purchased new from dealer Heinz Zegke of Spokane, Washington by Ed Atchinson. Atchinson was an engineer for the State of Montana Highway Department at Helena, Montana. After retaining the car for a number of years he sold the car to a doctor in Great Falls, Montana. The doctor, however, only had it for a short time as he sold it to one Mr. Waldenberg of Great Falls, who likewise only kept the car for a short time before selling it with about 20,000 miles to Mr. Curt Hanson of Portland, Oregon in July 1966.

After driving the car sparingly in the Great Falls area, where he owned a Volkswagen and Porsche dealership, Hanson drove it to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1977 where it remained in storage until November 1981. Following its four years of storage, the car was treated to a full restoration, which was completed in July 1982. Thereafter, the car was only driven to and from the trailer at the various show events it attended.

As documented in the aforementioned binder compiled by Mr. Hanson, the 300SL was a multiple-award winner. It was honored with Best of Show awards at the 1982 Olympia Concours d'Elegance and 1982 Chico Concours d'Elegance before coming in second at the Forest Grove Concours of 1984. The car also won additional First in Class awards between 1982 and 1984 at the Modesto, Hillsborough, OSU Corvallis and Forest Grove Concours events. It also received a "Distance Trophy" at the 1982 Oakland Invitational Concours, followed by a People's Choice Award one year later at the Exotic Sports Car Show in Portland, Oregon.

According to the vendor, the award-winning Gullwing was subsequently shipped to Switzerland where it became part of a highly respected automotive collection and museum and never saw any road use for 15 years. The car was finally acquired by the owner's family twelve years ago and shipped to London, remaining in their collection ever since. It has since been stripped down, repainted and brought back to concours-quality condition, as per factory specifications, finished in white with a red leather interior. The engine was rebuilt, the underside was fully detailed and, as supported by MOT certificates, the car has accumulated only about 1,000 miles in the last 10 or 12 years. In fact, the car has been driven less than 3,000 miles in the last three decades. Presented in show quality condition, it is also accompanied by belly pans and has been properly cared for and maintained in the owner's respected collection.

RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island
March 14, 2009
Website: www.rmauctions.com
Not Sold at a high bid of $375,000
Lot #255

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

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