1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe / 198.040.4500116 Chassis Information

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Coupe
Chassis #: 198.040.4500116
Engine # 198.980.4500136
Sold for $1,358,500 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
The production version of the 300 SL Gullwing was introduced at the 1954 New York International Motor Sports Show. 1954 was the first year for the Gullwing and this example carries the S/N 4500016.

This low-slung chassis gave the car strength and lightness ('SL' stands for 'Sport Light') but there was a problem; an essential part of the frame lay right where the door hinge in a conventional car would have been. The solution: put the hinge on the roof and let the door swing up. It was nothing like anything anyone had ever seen before.

This was the first production automobile to employ fuel injection. This car is powered by an overhead-valve, in-line 6-cylinder, 183 cubic inch, (3-liter) engine developing 190 horsepower coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. The car is equipped with rack-and-pinion steering, front independent/rear swing axle suspension and 4-wheel finned drum brakes. It has a top speed of 152 mph and will travel from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The car weights 2,869 pounds.

The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing was owned by such fans as Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren.

2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,200,000-$1,400,000 
Sale Price :
$1,358,500

2018 2
2017 1
2016 1
2015 1
2014 2
2012 2
2011 1
2009 1
2008 1
2006 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$1,267,500$1,380,0002
2017$1,358,500$1,358,5001
2016$1,045,000$1,045,0001
2015$1,166,000$1,166,0001
2014$1,232,427$1,347,5002
2012$1,535,857$2,200,0002
2011$544,500$544,5001
2009$755,416$755,4161
2008$605,000$605,0001
2006$365,318$365,3181

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.4500080
Sold for $1,380,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.4500128
Sold for $1,155,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.4500116
Sold for $1,358,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.4500120
Sold for $1,045,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE
Chassis#: 198.040.4500105
Sold for $1,166,000
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
 
1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE
Chassis#: 198.040.4500130
Sold for $1,347,500
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing AMG
Chassis#: 198.040.4500125
Sold for $1,117,353
  2014 RM Auctions : Monaco
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe
Sold for $871,714
  2012 Coys Auction - Monaco 'Legende et Passion'
 
1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING
Chassis#: 4500129
Sold for $2,200,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe
Chassis#: 1980404500049
Sold for $544,500
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL AMG Coupé
Chassis#: 1980404500066
Sold for $755,416
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Sold for $605,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Sold for $365,318
  2006 Coys Auction -Grandes Marques - Maastricht
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
Sold for $209,000
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupé198.040.45000492019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $800,000$1,000,000
1954 Merecedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing45000242016 Rick Cole : Monterey $1,400,000$1,600,000
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.45001012016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction $1,200,000$1,400,000
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.45000802015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $1,500,000$1,800,000
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing198.040.45000032014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $3,500,000$4,500,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.4500080
Engine Num: 198.98.4500093
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.4500116
Engine Num: 198.980.4500136
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.4500120
Engine Num: 198.980.4500134
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1.98E+12
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.5500368
Engine Num: 198.980.5500388
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.5500637
Engine Num: 198.980.5500630
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.5500654
Engine Num: 198.980.5500701
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.5500664
Engine Num: 198.980.5500716
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Alloy Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.043.5500208
Engine Num: 198.980.5500218
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Alloy Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.043.5500786
Engine Num: 198.980.5500728
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980405500229
Engine Num: 1989805500246
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 4500016
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 5500712
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.0406500294
Engine Num: 198.0406500290
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980406500233
Engine Num: 1989806500224
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980406500278
Engine Num: 1989806500271
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.7500033
Engine Num: 198.980.7500050
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.040.7500077
Engine Num: 198.980.7500072
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500081
Engine Num: 198.980.7500097
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500089
Engine Num: 198.042.7500089
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500299
Engine Num: 198.9823/0000107
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500568
Engine Num: 198.010.1097150
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500569
Engine Num: 198.980.7500545
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500661
Engine Num: 198.980.7500691
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Rallye Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.7500666
Engine Num: 198.980.7500693
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980427 500116
Engine Num: 1989807 500115


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