Recently sold by us, this exceedingly rare 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with matching Fire Engine Red removable hard top is now in our workshops under restoration and preservation.
Recommissioning of the sublime 240 hp 2,996 cc straight 6 is taking place alongside sympathetic exterior restoration works, and rejuvenation of the interior.
Our objective is to bring this 300SL back to fine mechanical fettle, while maintaining its wonderful period patina and charm.
The W198 Mercedes-Benz 300SL was voted ‘Sports car of the 20th century’. Manufactured in Sindelfingen Germany, the Roadster was the successor to the 300SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe, but thanks to major revisions to the tubular frame design allowing it conventional hinged doors, the Roadster was a more user-friendly everyday proposition.
Exemplifying Mercedes’ philosophy of producing the best vehicle possible, throughout the 300SLs production they continually made improvements. Even in 1963, the last year of manufacture, major changes included disc brakes and an aluminium alloy engine.
With notable owners including five-time world motor racing champion Juan-Manuel Fangio, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is an undisputed icon of speed, power and exemplary engineering.
Of the total 1,858 300SL Roadsters manufactured, we believe just 554 were made in 1957.