Classic Mercedes 300 SL Roadster Is One of Just 250 Made And Is Selling At Mecum Kissimmee

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In the realm of classic cars, few can match the elegance and historical significance of the 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. This remarkable vehicle, chassis no. 10002722, is one of only 1,858 produced between 1957 and 1963 and is among the exclusive 250 built in 1961. It encapsulates a blend of luxury and performance that defined Mercedes-Benz’s post-war era.

The 300SL Roadster’s inception is a story of automotive evolution, originating from the victorious Mercedes-Benz W194 at the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its road-going sibling, the 300 SL “Gullwing,” was a showstopper at its 1954 New York Auto Show debut, thanks to American importer Max Hoffman’s vision. The Gullwing’s unique design featured a tubular steel spaceframe and a stylish steel body with aluminum accents, all powered by a 3.0L, overhead-cam, straight-6 engine, enhanced by Bosch mechanical fuel injection, delivering an impressive 240 HP.

As the Gullwing’s sales slowed by 1957, Mercedes-Benz transitioned to the roadster version, incorporating modifications for improved practicality and handling, such as a modified frame and lower door sills. This transition marked a new chapter in the 300SL’s storied history.

The 1961 Roadster available at the Kissimmee 2024 auction stands out with its Graphite Gray finish, complemented by a sleek black leather interior. This classic beauty comes equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission, perfectly paired with its 3.0L 6-cylinder engine, ensuring a driving experience as engaging as it is luxurious. Additional features like a black convertible top and a Becker Mexico radio add to its allure, while the inclusion of the owner’s manual and service records enhances its collectibility.

This 300SL Roadster is not just a car; it’s a piece of automotive history, a testament to Mercedes-Benz’s enduring legacy in blending performance with elegance. As it goes under the hammer, it represents a rare opportunity for collectors to own a significant part of the golden age of motoring.

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.

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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