From 1954 through 1957 there were 1,371 production coupes with an additional 29 lighter aluminum coupes built in 1955 and 1956. This example was delivered from the Mercedes-Benz factory on February 1st of 1957. It left the factory with ivory paint over red leather which it still retains today. It was in the United States during its early life and then in 1980 it was exported to Germany. It was then given a cost-no-object restoration bringing it back to its original glory. Upon completion, it made its debut at the Ludwigsurg Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded a first-place trophy.
This well maintained car is powered by a single overhead cam six-cylinder engine with a Bosch Mechanical fuel injection system. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
In 2009, this 300 SL Gullwing was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was expected to sell for $450,000 - $550,000. The lot was sold for a high bid of $550,000 including buyer's premium.