1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing: Sexy at Sixty at Pebble Beach
Throughout automotive history, there are few looks sexier than that of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. When it debuted in 1954, it was sophisticated and scintillating in a manner mirrored only by the year’s breakout star, Sophia Loren. With the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend, there are innumerable beautiful cars on the auction block from Gooding & Company, but in this writer’s esteem, few of them compare to the beauty that is the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.
The 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that is expected to pull in between $3,500,000 and $4,500,000 at tomorrow’s auction is significant in that it is one of the first two Gullwings to be delivered. Chassis 198.040.45000003 is one of a duo of Gullwings delivered to Briggs S. Cunningham on August 23, 1954, which means this rare automobile will be sexy at sixty just a week after it is sold. You know who else was sexy at sixty? Sophia Loren.
And this 60-year-old 300 SL isn’t just a looker; we’d be willing to bet it can still go with the best of them. It’s been fully restored by HK-Engineering, sporting a SOHC inline-six that’s mated to a four-speed manual and capable of generating 240 horsepower.
This is the second 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing auctioned by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach. The last was a red original spec model sold in 2008 that was once the property of Oprah Winfrey and ultimately sold for $605,000.
If you plan on attending the weekend’s festivities and you’ve got a pocketful (or a duffel bag full) of cash to burn, you can’t do much better than the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.
Source: Gooding & Company
Erin Moore is the Internet Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne. Erin is originally from Fort Wayne, IN, and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where she studied public affairs, environmental sciences, and biology. She also enjoy writing about anything Mercedes-Benz related, especially for Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne.