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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Chassis no. 198.04035500548 – Engine No. 198.980.5500575 – Body no. 198.040.5500529
This vehicle has 17,443 miles!
Original west coast delivery Gullwing with 2.992cc SOHC inline six cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, four speed manual transmission, coil spring, independent front suspension and four wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase 94.5 in.
This car is almost in the same shape as to when it rolled out of production and has an amazing authenticity record including an almost entirely original interior, chassis, engine and body numbers, this Mercedes is also shown in the Gull wing group and Eric Lemoine 300SL Registers.
This Mercedes was one of the few to arrive through California it was owned almost 20 years by Ottmar Thomas of Visalia and then moved on to a well known racing driver Mercedes-Benz restorer Lothar Motsenbacher. The car which was originally Ivory received the famous Mercedes-Benz Silver “DB180” a finish that it still has to this day. Bumper and chrome grille have been exceptionally re-plated but all of the remaining chrome is all original. The interior is as worn-in with the original Rose leather on the seats but no cracks or splits.
No rust or smoke, maintains proper oil pressure, no transmission issues!
The Gullwing just received had a major service performed by Park Place Mercedes-Benz of Dallas and detailed service records are al so available!