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1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster / 198.042.9500015 Vehicle Information

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Sold for $1,430,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction.
This Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was assembled in late 1958 as a 1959 model. It was delivered new in silver with a red leather interior and into the care of Al Haddad Motors in Iselah, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In the early 1960s it was imported to the United States where it was purchased by an individual from Santa Barbara, California. It is believed to have remained in the Golden State before being exported to Japan in the 1990s. Mr. Motomori Tanaka of Tokyo owned the car by 2000 and it remained in his collection for a decade, after which it returned to Southern California. Shortly after its return it was acquired by a San Diego-based collector who commissioned a complete body-off restoration to concours condition in 2010. The work was completed in April of 2012. It had been finished in the color scheme of White (DB 147G) over a black leather interior. In 2012 it was shown at the La Jolla Motor Car Classic where it won its class. It was runner up at the Gull Wing Group National Convention in Palm Springs in the Show Roadster Division. That year, it was also shown at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley. It entered the care of its current caretaker in 2014.

In 2014 the 300 SL was treated to a meticulous mechanical restoration. The work included a rebuild of the original inline six-cylinder engine, extensive refurbishing and recalibration of the Bosch mechanical fuel-injection system, refurbishing of the four-speed manual transmission, rebuilding the brake system, front and rear suspension rebuild, a tear-down and rebuild of the rear differential, and much more. The cost of this work exceeded $200,000.

This 300 SL has several optional items that include European headlights, factory hardtop, elegant wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel, Becker Mexico radio, and custom-trimmed fitted luggage. Other items include a tool kit, jack, first aid kit, engine bay work light, owner's manual, Becker radio instruction manual, spare parts list and factory sales brochure.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019


2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,400,000 
Lot was not sold

2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,430,000

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198042100002388
Sold for USD$779,255
  2019 Bonhams : The Bonmont Sale
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.9500093
Sold for USD$1,006,475
  2019 RM Sothebys : Essen
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Chassis#: 8500207
Sold for USD$990,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.9500070
Sold for USD$1,155,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.9500036
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002439
Sold for USD$1,842,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
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1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.9500015
Sold for USD$1,430,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.9500096
Sold for USD$693,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002439
Sold for USD$671,000
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  
1959 Mercedes-Benz
Chassis#: 19804210002723
Sold for USD$500,587
  2009 Coys Auction - Oldtimer Grand Prix Nurburgring
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Chassis#: 19804210002723
Sold for USD$568,604
  2008 Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars, Blenheim Palace
 
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL 2 DOOR ROADSTER
Chassis#: 9500104
Sold for USD$478,500
  2008 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2008
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 2565
Sold for USD$416,437
  2006 Coys Auction - Automoto D‘Epoca
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198042109500046
Sold for USD$423,500
  2006 The Otis Chandler Collection Auction
 
1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL 2 DOOR ROADSTER
Chassis#: 9500104
Sold for USD$440,000
  2006 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2006
 
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198 042-10-002423
Sold for USD$179,544
  2004 Bonhams - The Goodwood Revival
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198.042.95000152019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $1,200,000$1,400,000
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster198.042.85002972018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $1,100,000$1,300,000
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198.042.10.0024482015 Gooding & Company Arizona $1,500,000$1,700,000
1959 Mercedes 300SL Roadster198.042-10-0025262010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $270,000$320,000
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL hard top1862003 Bonhams An auction of Collectors Motor Cars and Automobili $8,000$10,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.8500154
Engine Num: 198.980.8500131
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.8500244
Engine Num: 198.980.8500245

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1959 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002439
Engine Num: 198.980.10.002477

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1959 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.9500096
Engine Num: 198.980.10.9300080
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1959 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.9500015
Engine Num: 198.980.8500357

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1960 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002507
Engine Num: 198.980.10.002560
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1960 Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002509
Engine Num: 198.980.10.002552

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1960 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002580
Engine Num: 10.0002632
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1960 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002607
Engine Num: 198.980.10.002663

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002623
Engine Num: 198.980.10.002681
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002753
Engine Num: 198.980.10.002817

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002756
Engine Num: 198.980.10.002839
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1961 HardTop Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.002898
Engine Num: 198.980.10.002959

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 19804210002707
Engine Num: 19898010002534

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 19804210002841
Engine Num: 19804210002899

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1963 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.003207
Engine Num: 198.982.10.000124
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1963 HardTop Coupe
Chassis Num: 198.042.10.003254
Engine Num: 198.982.10.000224

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1963 Roadster
Chassis Num: 198042.10.003202
Engine Num: 198982.10.000164

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
1963 Roadster
Chassis Num: 19804210003192
Engine Num: 198982-10-000097

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

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