Throughout the 18 months of the work of restoration of Mercedes takes-Benz Classic the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from the year 1960 until you can present it on the occasion of the RETRO CLASSICS in Stuttgart, the vehicle is in a absolute Top condition for the first time to a wider Public.
Factory restoration: origin is the goal
The dream car in “Mercedes blue” tint 335 with red leather (1079) in the interior and light grey top (708) with a then-optional (removable) Hardtop in blue (335) not only has “matching numbers”, but after the factory restoration by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Fellbach is also for sale. The price for the restored model, but it is only available on request, where it will exceed the million mark.
New car condition, after restoration
The Roadster – which is currently on a visit to RETRO CLASSICS in Stuttgart in hall 1, is not available in our on-site review, only really in new car condition, but has – as far as we could see no defects, and can easily compete with vehicles from the new car production, or even trump.
In addition to numerous chrome elements on the exterior, the extremely good finish of the model, we noticed in front of everyone, which even in fair lighting, no criticism is deserved. Scratches, dents, blemishes, rust, clear failure display. Some of the new cars paint has quite a worse condition than the here and now perfectly restored model. Here, therefore, the goods in the right hands and the right decisions for the restoration had taken.
300 SL Roadster: one of the most sought-after classic Mercedes-Benz
The Roadster in the model series W 198 II is 1.420 kg by the way, exactly 125 kg heavier than the coupe version of the legendary “Gullwings” of the 300 SL. In terms of the engine, the Roadster offers identical 215 HP / 158 kW from a four-stroke Otto engine with direct injection. As with the Coupé, the Roadster carries a tubular space frame as a supporting structure, which, however, was modified in the area of the doors and the rear. In the case of the rear axle, the open-top version is even a single-joint Swing axle with compensating spring.
The top of the 300 SL Roadster is under a flap behind the Seats and is operated manually with a few simple steps to. The model was produced from 1957 to 1963 and was at that time with the Roadster-soft top for around 34,000 euros. A total of 1,858 units of the Roadster were produced.
By the way: a quite interesting focal point around the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, you can also find on the pages of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Club of Germany e. V., issuing, as well on the RETRO CLASSICS in Stuttgart in hall 10 and more than 300 worldwide members can count.