Name: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Year Produced: 1952-1953
Number Built: 1,400
Class: Sports Car
Body Type: 2 door coupe
Engine: 2996 cc M198SOHC I6
Power: 212–222 hp
0-60mph: 8.8 seconds
Top Speed: 162 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 178 in/70.5 in/51.2 in
Wheelbase: 94.5 in.
Valued at: US$7 million (RM Sotheby)
An extremely rare 1955 Mercedes Gullwing is going to be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s at its auction in New York on December 10. What makes the car so special was the fact that it was used to be raced by British legend driver Sir Stirling Moss – one of just four cars specially crafted for his team. The car comes with tartan seats and is capable of reaching more than 160 mph – an absolutely amazing speed record given that that the car is already more than half a century old.
RM Sotheby’s Vice President Alain Squindo said: ‘This car illustrates an important and lesser-known chapter in the Gullwing racing legend”.
‘Not only is it rarer than the ever desirable alloy-bodied Gullwings, but its desirability is amplified by its astonishing provenance.
‘None other than Sir Stirling Moss drove the car to a second place finish at the ’56 Tour de France, beaten only by de Portago in his Ferrari, which RM sold for a world record $13.2 million in Monterey earlier this year.
‘It begs the consideration of any serious collector in search of the ultimate Gullwing for their stable.’
Experts estimate it could sell for as much as US$7.6million which is another feat for an ex-Stirling Moss car. Recently, Moss’ cars are now typically among the most valuable and sought-after cars in the world. The question we have is will it sell for ‘just’ US$7M and is it worth it?
How much would you pay for the car? Would you pay that extra $1m or 2 just because it was driven by Sir Stirling Moss?
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