This 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL is a unique example of an already rare car, having been special ordered from the factory with Rudge knock-off wheels. It sold for $676,500 (including a 10% buyer’s premium, i.e. the auction house’s fee) at this past weekend’s RM Auction at St. John’s, meeting pre-sale estimates and being one of the top sales of the day. Seeing the car in person you can understand why so many car enthusiasts and designers consider it one of the finest automotive designs ever. It’s indeed a beautiful car, particular around the front end but I know I’m not the only person that thinks that those fender arches look tacked on. Few cars are. To augment these photos I’ve added some of the new gull winged SLS AMG eCell (please excuse the eye searing “safety” yellow green paint), which M-B debuted at the 2011 NAIAS early this year, and M-B’s own vintage 300SL that was part of the SLS AMG display. Gull wings and S3D go together well. BTW, to get a low hood line, Mercedes engineers canted the inline six cylinder engine over on its side, so I guess you could say that the 300SL had a “slant six” engine.
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