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Immaculate 300SL Roadster at Russo and Steele Monterey

July 25, 2014 by Russo and Steele

Immaculate 300SL Roadster at Russo and Steele MontereyScottsdale, Arizona (July 02, 2014) – Perfectly matching our thrilling, adrenaline-charged auction experience, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions is thrilled to announce the consignment of an outstanding 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster to our Monterey '14 line-up. Early indications point to this year's Monterey auction as the strongest in company history and this stellar 300 SL Roadster exemplifies the character and class we are bringing to the Monterey Peninsula.

One of the most collectible, historic, and instantly-recognizable sports cars ever conceived, this 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is one of just 1,858 examples built in all from 1957 through 1963 and it is one of only 324 produced for 1958. Highly detailed, it is simply resplendent in rarely seen DB 396 Medium Blue over blue leather and continues to benefit handsomely from over 25 years of single ownership in California and a restoration completed in 2007, and documented in the 300 SL Registry.

While derived from the 300 SL 'Gullwing' Coupe, itself based upon the first new post-war racing car built by Mercedes-Benz, the 300 SL Roadster was far more than a familial resemblance to its predecessors might suggest. Built around a revised and strengthened yet lightweight space-frame chassis, the 300 SL Roadster featured conventional-opening doors, a more pleasant ride and more forgiving handling characteristics, while retaining the sporting dynamics demanded by enthusiasts. A revised camshaft profile delivered additional power and performance, and the convertible top and associated mechanisms disappeared neatly beneath a hard cover when lowered. Coveted from new by the top names in the business, entertainment, political, and social spheres, the 300 SL Roadster continues to weave its magic today, routinely commanding bids over $1 million dollars in today's sports-car market.

The standard by which sporting cars are still judged today, this 1958 300 SL Roadster, along with the 1956 300 SL 'Gullwing' Coupe offered alongside it at this year's Monterey auction, is an absolute 'must have' for the true collector and driving enthusiast. Learn more about this incredible 300 SL Roadster and our many other outstanding feature consignments on our sale website and contact us to make advance bidder arrangements for this must-attend event. Get ready to join us from August 14th to the 16th to experience the refreshing Russo and Steele difference at what promises to be our strongest Monterey auction yet! For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images or more information on the offering of this exceptional 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, please contact Darin Roberge at darin@russoandsteele.com

About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions

One of the nation's premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions continues to set records and attract clients worldwide. In addition to offering stellar collector automobiles, our unique auction experience is simply unattainable anywhere else. Auctions include our signature event in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by June at Newport Beach, August at Monterey, and September's Las Vegas auction. For additional information, please visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

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