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1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster / 19804210002841 Vehicle Information

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL photograph

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Sold for $594,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
Production of the Gullwing ceased in 1957, leaving the 300 SL as the companies race car-derived sports touring car of choice for many consumers. The 3.89 rear axle ratio of the Gullwing was replaced by a standard 3.64 gear to lower engine rpm at cruising speed. The wheel-rim width was increased by a half inch, though the tires remained the same.

The original owner of this car was Dr. Richard Schantz of Indiana, who purchased it through Snider Motors in Indianapolis, on October 28th of 1960. Dr. Schantz averaged 15,000 miles a year for the first several years of ownership. From 1980 to 1991, Schantz put the car into storage. It was sold to collector Bob Pass in the early 1990s who later sold it to the current owner.

The car has 80,100 miles from new, has been accurately restored to like-new condition, has a factory hardtop and disc brakes, and finished in DB050 white with a DB040 black hardtop with red leather interior.

In 2008, this 300 SL Roadster was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California. It was estimated to sell for $600,000 - $700,000. The lot was sold for $594,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009


2008 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $700,000 
Sale Price :
USD $594,000

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002957
Sold for USD$946,000
  2020 Gooding & Company : Geared Online
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002707
Sold for USD$775,000
  2020 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002623
Sold for USD$1,297,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster
Chassis#: 198042-10-002734
Sold for USD$1,130,803
  2017 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002930
Sold for USD$1,034,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster avec Hard Top
Chassis#: 198.042-10-002781
Sold for USD$862,077
  2016 Artcurial : LeMans Classic
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002753
Sold for USD$962,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002623
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with Hardtop
Chassis#: 198042-10-002795
Sold for USD$1,237,500
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002762
Sold for USD$1,126,803
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002839
Sold for USD$935,000
  2013 RM - The Don Davis Collection
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042-10-002727
Sold for USD$770,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Disc Brakes - Matching Numbers
Sold for USD$433,000
  2012 Coy - True Greats
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002759
Sold for USD$792,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Sold for USD$575,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 198.042.10.002898
Sold for USD$852,500
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 10/1/2719
Sold for USD$585,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction
 
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 9804210002869
Sold for USD$627,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#: 9804210002869
Sold for USD$522,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL image  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Sold for USD$632,500
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster198.042.10.0027562016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $1,250,000$1,500,000
1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER198.042-10-0029732016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $930,000$1,200,000

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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

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

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