Gooding & Company’s first sale for January 2014 will feature two black Mercedes Gullwing 300SL coupes. What makes this sale so interesting is that one Gullwing is unrestored, whereas the other Gullwing was fully restored only a few years ago.
Mercedes-Benz produced only 108 black Gullwing 300SL coupes out of the 1,400 total so for a start the chances of having two black Mercedes Gullwings in the same sale is quite outstanding.
One is a near-original survivor, chassis number 198.040.6500299, rich with patina and in need of attention from years of storage. It was delivered new in April 1957 and is complete with its original body, chassis and fuel-injected 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine, originally rated at 215 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque, and includes its original tool roll, side window storage bag and Michelin X spare tyre.
To some, the car exhibits a fine patina, and needs only a sympathetic mechanical refurbishing to be perfect, while others will see this example as an ideal candidate for a body-off restoration. The real value of the car lies in its relatively untouched condition. Gooding anticipates a selling price between US$1.1 and US$1.4 million.
The second Gullwing is a 1956 300 SL, chassis number 198.040.6500214. Owned by a single family from 1957-2006, this car was treated to a full restoration in 2007 by its second owner, and no detail was reportedly overlooked. Corroded lower body panels were replaced, new belly pans were fabricated, the engine was restored and the suspension was overhauled to its original specifications. Finally, the colour scheme was changed from red with a green tartan cloth interior to its current livery.
Described as “outstanding” in its appearance, Gooding expects this example to sell between US$1.37 and US$1.7 million.
So there is an outside chance that the unrestored Mercedes Gullwing may outsell it’s fully restored companion.
Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale sale will take place January 17-18 2014 at the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona. For additional details, visit GoodingCo.com. The two Mercedes Gullwing coupes are lot numbers 42 and 122.