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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Rallye Roadster / 198.042.7500094 Vehicle Information

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL photograph

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Sold for $995,000 at 2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island.
This 300 SL Roadster is among the first examples built. It was completed in June of 1957 and fitted with engine number 7500108 and body no. 7500020. Due to its early production date, it was given rare hand-tooled production components that were shared with the Gullwing.

This example was built to order for Princess Ashraf ol-Molouk Pahlavi, the twin sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. Mohammad Reza Shah eventually became a major shareholder in Mercedes-Benz and is personally credited with the creation of the Gelandewagen (Cross-Country Vehicle), when he placed a 20,000-truck order with Mercedes-Benz in the 1970s. Princess Ashraf was also fond of the marque and would own several models during the 1950s, including a 300 S Roadster and a 220 S Cabriolet.

Princess Ashraf special-ordered this 300 SL Roadster in special-order color Perlgrau (Pearl Grey, DB 125) with red leather upholstery, black soft top, Becker Le Mans radio, Michelin tires, and European equipment, including lighting and instrumentation. Around 1961, the car was acquired by Thomas Foster Hamilton, the founder of the Hamilton Standard Company, a firm that revolutionized the propulsion technology of propeller-driven aircraft in the years prior to WWII.

It is believed that Mr. Hamilton acquired the 300 SL while living in Paris during the early 1960s and had it prepared for use in European rallies. The work included the installation of a pair of Marchal driving lights, leather hood straps, three-spoke Nardi steering wheel, aircraft-style safety belts, and drivers-side aluminum roll bar, as well as front and rear 'nerf bars,' with a central Marchal spotlight and club badges mounted on the front crosspiece. There is a custom-fabricated, aviation-inspired instrument panel with a Halda Speedpilot, Tapley & Co. gradient and acceleration meter, Abercrombie & Fitch-branded Heuer Autavia rally clock, and a Sufft Auto-Aeroid altimeter.

The car remained with Mr. Hamilton and his family for decades, with ownership passing to T.L. Hamilton in 1969, and then to Thomas F. Hamilton II in 1973. In 1996, Tom Hamilton II sold the Roadster to Scott Dapron of Prescott, Arizona. It remained in Mr. Dapron's collection until his death, whereupon it was sold to the current owner.

This Roadster is currently in unrestored condition with its matching-numbers engine, original leather upholstery, and period rally equipment The bodywork has been refinished in Weissgrau (White Gray), with an appropriate DB 158 paint code tag in the engine bay. Sections of the original Perlgrau paint are present behind the dashboard. The factory hardtop and wheels are finished in light brown. There are period-correct Michelin X tires and proper Sekurit side glass.

The car has its tonneau cover (stamped 020), tool kit, jack, custom fabric tonneau, and Mercedes-Benz owner's manual and parts catalogs,


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2020


Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $995,000

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL GULLWING
Chassis#: 198.040.7500027
Sold for USD$1,254,000
  2020 Gooding : Geared Online
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500094
Sold for USD$995,000
  2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500397
Sold for USD$758,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500594
Sold for USD$839,042
  2020 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500555
Sold for USD$973,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 1980427500152
Sold for USD$1,142,950
  2019 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500547
Sold for USD$1,026,603
  2019 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500229
Sold for USD$1,006,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198042-7500328
Sold for USD$984,672
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500184
Sold for USD$852,500
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198-042-7500453
Sold for USD$1,454,754
  2018 Bonhams : The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco'
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.7500071
Sold for USD$1,193,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500182
Sold for USD$1,094,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster to SLS Aluminium Competition Specification
Chassis#: 1980427500220
Sold for USD$777,406
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500367
Sold for USD$1,083,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500295
Sold for USD$1,083,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500081
Sold for USD$1,512,500
  2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL image  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198042-7500328
Sold for USD$1,045,357
  2017 Bonhams : The Padua Auction
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.7500180
Sold for USD$1,034,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.7500069
Sold for USD$1,485,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198.042.75002332020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey $1,100,000$1,200,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198 042 75005182020 Artcurial Motorcars : Monaco $800,000$1,000,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster 2020 Mecum : Indy   
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster198.042.75005322020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona $950,000$1,100,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198.042.75006032019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $1,200,000$1,400,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster to SLS aluminium competition specifications19804275002202017 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale $1,500,000$2,500,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster198.042.75002992017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $1,000,000$1,200,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198042-75004322016 Bonhams : Bond Street Auction $1,000,000$1,200,000
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER198042.75002512016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $1,150,000$1,350,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198.042.75003782016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island$950,000$1,000,000$1,300,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198.042.75001882015 RM Sotheby's London Auction $650,000$850,000
1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER198.042-75002702015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $1,100,000$1,300,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster19804275006042015 Mecum : Monterey$1,450,000$1,500,000$2,000,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL75002392015 Motostalgia Auction Indianapolis Brickyard $1,750,000$2,000,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster75006042014 Mecum Monterey$1,650,000$1,750,000$2,250,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster198.042.75004142012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla$625,000$700,000$800,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Road Race Replica 2011 Bonhams Classic California $50,000$70,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198.042.10.75003622010 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $575,000$650,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster19804275001142006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona$250,000$275,000$325,000

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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 Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1.98E+12
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: 5500712
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: GW1006

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

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

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