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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe / 198.040.6500052 Vehicle Information

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Sold for $1,292,500 at 2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL claimed 2nd in the Mille Miglia; 1-2-3 in the Berne, Switzerland, Sports Car Race; 1st and 2nd at Le Mans; 1-2-3-4 at the Nürburgring; and 1st and 2nd at La Carrera Panamericana. The success in racing spawned a road going version, complete with fascinating gullwing doors, which were necessitated by the unusual frame design. The engine's carburetors were replaced with a fuel injection system, and the Bosch mechanical unit would be the first for a production car. After the 11 prototype W194s, including the so-called 'Hobel,' were made in all-alloy, the new Karl Wilfert-designed body was largely made of steel. The hood, doors, and trunk lids were made from aluminum. Bumpers with over-riders were given to U.S.-spec cars, but optional for the rest of the world.

The SL had a welded tubular-steel ultra-light frame construction, weighing just 182 pounds. The suspension was a fully independent setup, the engine a 3-liter overhead cam straight six with dry-sump lubrication, and could race from zero-to-sixty in approximately eight seconds.

The 300 SL made its debut in the United States, not in Germany, which was a Mercedes-Benz first. More than 1,000 of the 1,400 cars produced between 1954 and early 1957 where delivered through Hoffman.

In the racing area, it was driven by such legendary drivers as John Fitch, Olivier Gendebien, Paul O'Shea, Prince Metternich, and Sir Stirling Moss.

This particular 300 SL was on display at the 1956 Turin International Automobile Salon. It left the factory finished in Silver Grey Metallic (180), with a special-order red leather interior (1079) and optional Rudge wheels.

In the late 1960s, the car was discovered in West Nyack, New York by Jan Fraser. He eventually sold the car to Dr. Leon Levine, who would keep it for decades. The present owner acquired the car, in whose care it was given a body-on restoration. The car was re-upholstered in blue leather. The car rides on the original Rudge knock-offs with disc wheels.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2014


2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Sale Price :
USD $1,292,500

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Sold for USD$1,567,500
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500206
Sold for USD$1,581,250
  2019 RM Sothebys : Abu Dhabi
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500143
Sold for USD$1,127,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon
Chassis#: 198.040 6500180
Sold for USD$1,190,928
  2018 Artcurial : LeMans Classic
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500292
Sold for USD$1,077,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500174
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' - The 1956 International
Sold for USD$1,443,000
  2015 Coys Blenheim Palace Summer Sale
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.0406500280
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2014 Rick Cole Auctions : Monterey
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 1980406500262
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2014 Russo & Steele - Monterey
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500052
Sold for USD$1,292,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500214
Sold for USD$1,402,500
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500299
Sold for USD$1,897,500
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE
Chassis#: 1980406500075
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500296
Sold for USD$1,162,016
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' Coupe
Chassis#: 198.0405500707
Sold for USD$875,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Chassis# 5500637, Matching Luggage
Chassis#: 5500637
Sold for USD$675,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500044
Sold for USD$715,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Saloon
Chassis#: 1869216500563
Sold for USD$62,756
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500037
Sold for USD$858,000
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1956 MERCEDES BENZ 300 SL GULLWING
Sold for USD$475,886
  2010 Automobiles sur les Champs
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.65002122019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $1,200,000$1,400,000
1956 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe 2019 Russo & Steele : Amelia Island $1,300,000$1,500,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon19804065000712017 Artcurial : Retromobile $1,200,000$1,400,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing19804065002142015 Mecum : Monterey$1,450,000$1,800,000$2,200,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.65002802015 Gooding & Company Arizona $1,550,000$1,850,000
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.55006462014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,400,000$1,800,000
1956 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing 2006 Russo and Steele Auction in Monterey   
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing19804065002732004 Bonhams Gentlemen's Sale $400,000$450,000
1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe 2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$185,000  
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL GULLWING COUPE 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$190,000  
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ GULLWING COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$250,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.4500080
Engine Num: 198.98.4500093
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.4500116
Engine Num: 198.980.4500136

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.4500120
Engine Num: 198.980.4500134

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 4500003
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 4500079

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.5500368
Engine Num: 198.980.5500388
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.5500637
Engine Num: 198.980.5500630

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.5500654
Engine Num: 198.980.5500701
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.5500664
Engine Num: 198.980.5500716

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Alloy Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.043.5500208
Engine Num: 198.980.5500218

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Alloy Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.043.5500786
Engine Num: 198.980.5500728

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980405500229
Engine Num: 1989805500246

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 4500016
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 5500712

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.0406500294
Engine Num: 198.0406500290
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980406500233
Engine Num: 1989806500224

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980406500278
Engine Num: 1989806500271

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.7500033
Engine Num: 198.980.7500050
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.7500077
Engine Num: 198.980.7500072

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.75.00195
Engine Num: 198.980.75.00130
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500081
Engine Num: 198.980.7500097

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500089
Engine Num: 198.042.7500089
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500094
Engine Num: 198.980.7500108

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500299
Engine Num: 198.9823/0000107

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500568
Engine Num: 198.010.1097150
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500569
Engine Num: 198.980.7500545

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500603
Engine Num: 198.980.7500567
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500661
Engine Num: 198.980.7500691

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500666
Engine Num: 198.980.7500693

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980427 500116
Engine Num: 1989807 500115

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

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