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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

Chassis number : 198.043.5500786

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Sold for $5,010,000 at 2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
Mercedes-Benz built just twenty-nine aluminum-bodied Gullwings. This example was ordered new by Rene Wassermann of Basel, Switzerland. Mr. Wasserman ordered his new alloy Gullwing with many special options, including special high-gloss white paint, a red leather interior, a sport suspension, two-piece matching luggage, sealed-beam headlights, and instruments in English. The car was completed on October 5th of 1955. Mr. Wasserman opted to pick the car up himself and drive it back to his home in Switzerland. It is not known when Mr. Wasserman sold the car, but by the early 1960s it had been exported to the United States and was in the care of its second owner, Jerome Seavey, of Chicago, followed by John K. Scattergood III, a principal at Blenheim Motors, located in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The next owner, also of Pennsylvania, was Keystone State politician and enthusiast Senator Theodore Newell Wood. He represented the 20th District of Luzerne, Susquehanna, Pike, Wayne, and Wyoming counties in the Pennsylvania State Senate. He also founded the Brynfan Tyddyn Road Races, which were held from 1952 to 1956.

Ownership of the Gullwing later passed through Bill Kontes and Joe Marchetti, before being acquired by Leslie Barth in 1983. Mr. Barth retained the car until 1989. The next owner was Swedish businessman and collector Hans Thulin, who later sold it to a German collector, who commissioned to Kienle Automobiltechnik in Stuttgart, Germany to perform a full restoration. Upon completion, the car was repainted in traditional Mercedes-Benz silver and re-trimmed in its original color of red leather.

The car passed through a few more caretakers before coming into the care of its current owner. Currently, the odometer displays just 2,481 kilometers, presumably since Kienle's restoration.

There were 1,400 steel-bodied examples built, and just 29 alloy bodied examples. Making this car even more rare are the highly desirable options and accessories, including the Sonderteile engine, sport suspension, Rudge knock-off wheels, and a two-piece luggage set.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015

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2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $5,000,000-USD $7,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $5,010,000

2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $5,500,000-USD $6,500,000 
Lot was not sold

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' Coupe
Chassis#: 1980405500263
Sold for USD$1,700,000
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
 
1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL GULLWING
Chassis#: 198.040.5500784
Sold for USD$2,040,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.043.5500786
Sold for USD$5,010,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing image  1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing image  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.5500693
Sold for USD$2,040,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.5500243
Sold for USD$1,710,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.043.5500332
Sold for USD$6,825,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING
Chassis#: 1980405500347
Sold for USD$1,870,000
  2022 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Sold for USD$2,640,000
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.5500716
Sold for USD$1,277,558
  2021 RM Sothebys : St. Moritz, Switzerland
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
Chassis#: 198.040.5500801
Sold for USD$1,710,000
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing image  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.5500533
Sold for USD$1,495,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon
Chassis#: 198 040 5500448
Sold for USD$1,627,360
  2020 Artcurial Motorcars : Monaco
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.5500594
Sold for USD$1,270,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1955 MERCEDES GULLWING REPLICA
Sold for USD$44,520
  2019 McCormick's - # 67
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.5500780
Sold for USD$1,435,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
Chassis#: 198.040.5500668
Sold for USD$1,352,500
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.5500316
Sold for USD$1,155,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 'Gullwing' Coupé
Chassis#: 198.040.55.00742
Sold for USD$1,370,020
  2019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.5500378
Sold for USD$1,435,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
Chassis#: 198.040.5500548
Sold for USD$1,110,000
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwings That Failed To Sell At Auction

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE198.040.55000992020 Bonhams : Quail Motorcar Auction $1,200,000$1,350,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.55004572020 Gooding & Company : Geared Online $1,200,000$1,400,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.55005532020 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona $1,000,000$1,200,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Custom Gullwing Coupe1S9GR11T0788790052019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction$1,000,000  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W198) Brabus Restoration 2019 Silverstone Riyadh Car Show   
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupé198.040-55 002952019 Bonhams : The Bonmont Sale $1,100,000$1,400,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.55001562019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,500,000$1,800,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.55001542019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona $1,200,000$1,400,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.55007992018 RM Sothebys : London $950,000$1,250,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing19804055001542018 Mecum : Monterey$1,000,000$1,300,000$1,400,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.55006262017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction $1,350,000$1,500,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupé008102015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale $1,000,000$1,300,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Sportabteilung Gullwing198.040.55006402015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption $5,000,000$7,000,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing198.040-55001292015 Historics at Brookland $925,000$1,125,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing198.043.55007862015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $5,500,000$6,500,000
1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL papillon198.040.55002782015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars $1,200,000$1,300,000
1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING 2014 Mecum Dallas$1,200,000  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing198.040.55006742013 RM Auctions Amelia Island$910,000$1,000,000$1,250,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing198.043-55007862012 RM Auctions London$2,400,000  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 2010 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $550,000$650,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe19804045000322010 RM Auctions Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook$460,000$475,000$575,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL GullwingGW10062009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction $125,000$150,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island$375,000$475,000$550,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe 2009 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale$510,000  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe 2009 Automobiles of Arizona$500,000$600,000$700,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing 2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $400,000$500,000
1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing19804355007862004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$770,000$800,000$1,000,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Coupe19804055001732004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$715,000$800,000$1,000,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe 2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$285,000  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$275,000  

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