Not long after the glorious Mercedes-Benz Gullwing was retired, a roadster model of the 300 SL served as its successor. The 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster was considered as one of the best German automobiles of its time, flaunting a robust power produced under the hood and an impressive 2-top cruiser designer. A prime example of the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster will go under the auction hammer soon, and we can't wait.
300SL coupe is one for the books and is considered as one of the most coveted automobiles worldwide among car collectors, with its gullwing doors and dynamic performance by 1950s standards. However, you won’t be able to put the top down for you to be able to enjoy the wind in your hair, though. For a one of a kind experience, you can check out this absolutely eye-catching 1960 300SL Roadster that will be put on auction by RM Sotheby's in Santa Monica, California on June 24. The 300SL Roadster will mark its 60th birthday this year.
The engineers at Mercedes-Benz didn't solely chop off the coupe' roof when developing the 300SL Roadster. They further supported and lowered the space-frame chassis, in turn it allowed the installation of conventionally hinged doors. The lower sills simultaneously allowed for greater ease of entry. The roaster also had a slightly tinier grille opening compared to the hardtop variants, dual chrome strips found along the side sills that give the vehicle a more streamlined and exquisite aesthetic. At the rear, its spare tire was relocated below the trunk floor, thereby requiring a smaller fuel tank but also having proper luggage space.
The German company only built 1,858 units of the convertible with the production ranging from 1957 until 1963. This classic Roadster is painted in an original Fire Engine Red, however a restoration that happened in 2005 changed it from the classic red to an iconic Light Green Poly finish. The restoration also involved stripping the Roadster to bare metal, refinishing the chrome materials and extensive work to mechanical sectors. Armed with the unique color combination of light Green Poly over dark green, it will capture hearts wherever it will cruise.
300 SL roadster was originally sold for $11,000 according to RM Sotheby's. Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistic's inflation calculator revealed that the amount translates to $90,870 in the present day. The SL450 is the cheapest model in the roadster's recent lineup in comparison, with a base price of $87,875 after destination.
This one a kind example is expected to haul more than the inflation equivalent, as RM Sotheby's estimates the car to be auctioned for $1.1 million to $1.3 million. The vehicle is ready for the long run because its original set of fitted luggage will accompany the roadster. Furthermore, photographs and receipts documenting the restoration proceeding will also come with the rare automobile.