The 300SL was the first Mercedes to be introduced in the United States before it was shown in Germany. It was unveiled on February 6th of 1954 in New York. It had a multi-tube space frame construction and a fully-independent suspension. Power was from a fuel-injected, 240 horsepower, 3-liter straight six with dry sump lubrication. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 150 mph and could race from zero-to-sixty in 8.8 seconds, making it the fastest production automobile of its time.
Hoffman's original request was for 1,000 examples. The demanded far exceeded the initial request, with production of the semi-hand-built car reaching 1,400 units.
This 300SL is painted red with a tan leather interior. The odometer reads just 77,000 miles. It has factory original fitted luggage with color that matches the interior. There is a Becker Le Mans radio and the original jack and a complete reproduction tool roll.
In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $450,000 - $550,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $687,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.Also photographed at :