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Probably no other car in the post-war era was more important to any manufacturer than the Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” coupes. Born and raised on the race track where greats like Juan Manual Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss and Phil Hill took these cars to victory after victory, they represented a new era of progress in West Germany and for the company represented by the tri-star and the Laurel.
In October 1955, this stunning example rolled off the assembly line in Germany and was placed on a boat bound for the port of New York where it was delivered to its first owner. While the car was enjoyed, it was never mis-treated, accumulating about 65,000 miles before ending up in the hands of well known restorer Mark Passarelli in 2006. Received in complete and running condition, it was decided that no expense would be spared to create a work of beauty. With the body removed from the chassis a thorough inspection was made revealing minor decay in the frame that was professionally replaced, and only very minor rust-out on the body in the areas typical of this body style. With the sheet metal stripped to bare metal and all issues were addressed resulting in a coupe that is every bit as good as it was when it left the factory in Stuttgart-Unterturkheim.
For engine and transmission work, Mercedes expert Bill Richardson was called in. Upon opening the engine, he found it was just as it had come from the factory, after which he performed a complete overall replacing all bearings, valves, pistons and other components insuring this engine would perform just as it had been designed to do. New synchros were installed in the transmission which was mated up to a new clutch. Prior to the installation of the motor, a modern R134 air-conditioning system was installed where no extra holes had to be placed in the firewall or the body, with cool air directed through existing ducts. Once the engine was back in place, the compressor was neatly hidden as were all hoses and other related parts
Since its completion, less than 500 miles have been put on this stunning example of one of the most important automobiles of all time. Finished in dark Pewter Gray metallic, the interior has been finished in period correct tan plaids and is equipped with very desirable Rudge knock-off wheels, proper tool kit and side window storage bag. Complimenting the interior is a set of custom-made fitted luggage, perfect for that weekend getaway to the Swiss Alps, or a tour along French Riviera.