1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe / 1980406500233 Chassis Information

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Coupe
Chassis Num: 1980406500233
Engine Num: 1989806500224
Sold for $535,000 at 2008 RM Sothebys.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 in New York. The production version could be purchased for a hefty sum of $7,000. This small, nimble sports car was elegant, attractive and fast. The '300' represented the engines displacement of three liters, while the 'SL' denoted 'Sport un Leicht' meaning 'Light'. It was initially introduced as a coupe and the gullwing came a little later as an answer to the cabin-entry problems posed by the car's light tubular frame. The Gullwing version was designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The frame was comprised of a network of many thin tubes that provided incredible strength but weighed a mere 82 kilograms. The entire package, including the spare wheel, tools, and fuel, weighed just 1,295 kilograms. A lighter version was available, made entirely from light alloy, and shaved an additional 80 kilograms from the car's total weight. Only 29 examples are believed to be produced.

This 300SL Gullwing is a matching numbers four-owner from new example originally delivered to Dr. Denton S. Coe of New York. In 1970 it was sold to John Church, of Norwalk, Connecticut. A year later the car was sold to restaurateur and opera singer Neil Zarereli, of North Carolina. It would be retained in his possession for the next 35 years. In 2001 it was sent to Automotive International where it was given a complete restoration, totaling over $75,000. It received a complete mechanical rebuild, which included restoration of the engine, gearbox, and fuel and brake system. In 2005 it was painted in its current black finish.

In 2008 this 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was brought to RM Auctions 'Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' where it was estimated to sell for $575,000-$675,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for $535,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2008

Chassis# 1980406500233

2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
Pre-Auction Estimates :$575,000-$675,000 
Sale Price : $535,000

Analysis

Chassis number 1980406500233 Auction Sales History
2008$535,000

2018 2
2015 1
2014 5
2013 2
2012 3
2011 2
2010 1
2009 6
2008 2
2007 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$1,198,750$1,320,0002
2015$1,443,000$1,443,0001
2014$1,501,500$1,897,5005
2013$1,131,008$1,162,0162
2012$755,000$875,0003
2011$460,378$858,0002
2010$475,886$475,8861
2009$494,365$550,0006
2008$556,250$577,5002
2007$451,000$451,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500292
Sold for $1,077,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500174
Sold for $1,320,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' - The 1956 International
Sold for $1,443,000
  2015 Coys Blenheim Palace Summer Sale
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.0406500280
Sold for $1,595,000
  2014 Rick Cole Auctions : Monterey
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 1980406500262
Sold for $1,320,000
  2014 Russo & Steele - Monterey
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500052
Sold for $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#: 198.040.6500299
Sold for $1,897,500
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500214
Sold for $1,402,500
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE
Chassis#: 1980406500075
Sold for $1,100,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500296
Sold for $1,162,016
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' Coupe
Chassis#: 198.0405500707
Sold for $875,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Chassis# 5500637, Matching Luggage
Chassis#: 5500637
Sold for $675,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500044
Sold for $715,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Saloon
Chassis#: 1869216500563
Sold for $62,756
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.6500037
Sold for $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 $475,886
  2010 Automobiles sur les Champs
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé
Chassis#: 198040-6500206
Sold for $494,618
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing' Coupé
Chassis#: 1980406500160
Sold for $501,570
  2009 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
Sold for $430,000
  2009 Bonhams - Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano
 
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe
Sold for $495,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
 

No Sale

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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