You have to agree that the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is a stunning looking car with huge appeal to classic car collectors.
The current record for a Gullwing is $4.6million, back in 2012, for a rare aluminum body model, of which there were only 29 made.
The one that is due to come up for auction by Bonhams is a steel body version. But could it break the record for a normal bodied model?
The 300SL Gullwing was produced from 1954 to 1957 and featured a 2,996cc engine linked to a 4-speed manual all synchromesh gearbox.
It was one of the first cars to feature Bosch mechanical fuel injection, which made it one of the fastest production cars back in the 1950s.
The 300SL Gullwing was not just a fast car in its day, it was also considered one of the most beautiful looking cars on the planet – and is still thought of as one of the best-looking cars of all time
No wonder Bonhams have an auction estimate of £800,000 to £1,000,000 ($1.1million to $1.4million) for when it goes under the hammer on March 20 at the Goodwood Members Meeting auction.
There were only 1,400 300SL Gullwings produced and sold to customers.
This particular model was originally purchased in the UK and was the third example to be imported to the UK as a new car. It was sold to its first owner Sir Jeremy Boles by Brooklands of Bond Street.
The car is described as being “Outstandingly original” and still retains the original registration number. It has had some restoration work which was completed in 2000 at cost of around £50,000 ($69,000) and has done around 60,000 miles from new. The car has been in its current ownership for the past 48 years.
As a vintage and classic car enthusiast I would love to own such a car but unless I win the lottery between now and March there is no chance of that happing.
But I do think this car will exceed its auction estimate of £1,000,000 – and might even break the record for a normal bodied Gullwing.
A big thank you to Melissa Lawford and Ruth Fletcher of Bonhams Auctioneers for providing all the photographs for this article.