1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe Vehicle Profile

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 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 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

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Mercedes-Benz is one of the world's most recognized names; a division of the German company Daimler AG. The brand is known for luxury vehicles, buses, and trucks. The name appeared in 1926 with the merger of the firms of Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz. Benz's 1886 Patent-Motorwagen is regarded as the first gasoline-powered automobile.

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was the first iteration of today's SL-Class. They were developed for racing in Europe in 1952. The standard production of this car began in 1954 and ended in 1957. Introduced in 1954 at the New York Auto Show, it was a two-seat sports coupe with distinctive gull wing doors and later offered as a roadster. Based on a successful racecar, it was the brainchild of importer Max Hoffman. He suggested a modified model tailored to affluent performance enthusiasts in the booming post-war American market.

The '300' refers to its 3.0 liter straight six-cylinder engine, and 'SL' stands for 'Sport Leicht' (Sport Light). Just 1,400 examples were built. A costly and complex tubular space frame required a high entry point with gull wing doors. The coupe was available from March 1955 to 1957, the roadster from 1957 to 1963. The SOHC engine produces 212 horsepower, the first-ever production direct fuel injection, and a four-speed manual transmission. Front suspension is double wishbone with coil springs, and a high pivot swing axle is in the rear. Drum brakes are on four wheels.

This 1954 300SL Gullwing was produced in November 1954 and is number 155, there were approximately 1,400 built during this period of time.

The current owner has owned this car for 41 years; the car has 50,000 original miles. The car has recently been restored to factory standard using mostly original parts during the restoration process. The car is equipped with a 2996cc Fuel-Injected 6-cylinder engine, generating 240 horsepower. It has a Bird Cage Chromatic Frame, aluminum doors, hood and trunk lid. It is equipped with its original Tredelvac Brake System and the original Knock-Off Lug Wheels and the AM/FM Signal Seeking radio. The original selling price was $5,600 in 1954.

The 300 SL coupe was introduced in 1954 and built until 1957. The roadster version was built from 1957 to 1963.

The coupe was best known for its 'gull wing' or 'butterfly' doors as well as being the first gasoline-powered car equipped with fuel-injection directly into the engine's combustion chamber. The '300' designation refers to the engine size (three liters); the 'SL' stood for 'Sport Leicht' (or Sport Light).

The six-cylinder, 2996cc engine developed 212 horsepower at 5800 RPM. Sports Car International magazine ranked the 300SL among the top five sports cars of all time.

The current owner's father purchased this car in 1967 from a man in Pittsburgh who is believed to have been the original owner. In 2008, the car was completely restored, maintaining its original Rudge wheels and Becker radio.


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1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#: 198.040.4500034
Sold for $1,178,638
  2020 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Sold for $1,089,601
  2019 Silverstone - Classic Cars & Competition Cars
 
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: 198.042.75.00195
Engine Num: 198.980.75.00130
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: 198.042.7500603
Engine Num: 198.980.7500567
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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