This 1956 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing Features A Full Restoration, Fitted Luggage, and History

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In a remarkable blend of history and prestige, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, a true icon of automotive engineering, is set to captivate enthusiasts at the upcoming Kissimmee 2024 auction. This masterpiece, renowned for its distinctive gullwing doors and race-bred performance, is a testament to the golden era of Mercedes-Benz engineering.

Ordered in August 1956 by Mercedes-Benz Canada, this Gullwing was initially purchased by Raymond F. Corley of Toronto, Ontario, in early 1957. Remarkably, it remained a cherished part of the Corley family collection until 2006. This car’s journey is not just one of ownership but also of meticulous preservation and restoration. Under the expert care of RM Auto Restoration, the vehicle underwent a comprehensive, no-expense-spared restoration, now beautifully presented in a striking Black (DB 040) exterior over a luxurious Red leather (1079) interior.

The heart of this classic is its matching numbers 2996cc inline 6-cylinder engine, which, coupled with a 4-speed manual gearbox, rear axle, and kingpins, promises an authentic and exhilarating driving experience. The attention to detail extends to the interior, featuring period-correct red plaid seat inserts, complemented by an additional set of red leather seat inserts, and a new set of fitted red luggage, enhancing its elegance and collectability.

Originally born from the successful W194 race car, the 300SL Gullwing was a marvel at the 1954 New York Auto Show, marking a significant milestone in Mercedes-Benz’s history. With only 1,400 Gullwing coupes ever built, this 1956 model stands as a rare and coveted piece of automotive history.

The 300SL Gullwing’s significance goes beyond its technological feats; it symbolizes a pioneering spirit and the zenith of post-war sports car design. Its presence at the Kissimmee 2024 auction is not just an opportunity for collectors but a celebration of an era when engineering and artistry converged to create something truly timeless.

Mecum Kissimmee is January 2-14 and is the largest auction of the year. With over 4,000 vehicles for sale, this is a can’t miss event. Visit to see all of the vehicles for sale, purchase tickets, and to consign your vehicle and register to bid.

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Shawn Henry

Shawn Henry is an accomplished automotive journalist with a genuine passion for cars and a talent for storytelling. His expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of the automotive world, including classic cars, cutting-edge technology, and industry trends. Shawn's writing is characterized by a deep understanding of automotive engineering and design.

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