Now Is Your Chance to Bid on a Ravishing 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Don’t have $1 million bucks in your account? Bid anyway, live dangerously.

byChris Chin| PUBLISHED May 17, 2019 5:52 PM
Now Is Your Chance to Bid on a Ravishing 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

A stunning 1956 Mercedes-Benz W198 300SL Gullwing is recently being auctioned on Bring a Trailer, and needless to say, we're highly encouraging you to empty your bank account, sell your house, snatch your kids' college fun, and hit the "bid now" button. Chances are, you'll be outbid anyway, but it's worth a shot.

The specific Gullwing in the limelight is chassis number 198.040.6500156 and it’s one of just 308 Gullwings produced that year. Over the course of the last two years, it’s been extensively restored and repainted to turn-key condition, where the winning buyer could literally hop-in and drive off and into the sunset with his or her newfound purchase.

The majority of the car’s originality was kept intact, including its repaint in the original factory Graphite Gray exterior hue (color code DB190). Its Light Gray (code DB955) leather interior also underwent a full restoration.

This Gullwing also happens to be a numbers-matching car, featuring its original direct-fuel-injected 3.0-liter inline-six, engine number 6500153. To complement the thorough restoration, the engine was removed and sent to Raffi N. at the Pit Stop in Brisbane, California, for a major overhaul as well with only just a few “break-in” miles clocked in. Though interestingly, the quirky but yet functional collapsible steering wheel was replaced by a factory-opted Nardi, which is sort of sad since the original SL’s steering wheel was part of the car’s charm from the get-go.

The car’s history is also extensively documented. It was sold to a George Sterner of York, Pennsylvania in spring of 1956 by Max Hoffman, the premier importer for Mercedes-Benzes at the time. The Sterner family cherished the Gullwing for a solid 23 years before being sold to Dr. Falk & Son of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, before landing in the hands of BaT in 2013 through an estate sale.

As of this post, the current bid for the auction has topped $1 million thus far, with still 20 days left before its closing. So far, the most expensive car to sell on BaT was a LaFerrari at $3.125 million.

Below is a near-full rundown of everything done to restore this Gullwing.

  • Complete engine rebuild to factory specifications with honed cylinders, new pistons, new valves, valve guides, bearings, timing chains
  • Rebuilt fuel-injection pump and injectors (nine months with Gus at Pacific Fuel Injection in Redwood City, California)
  • Re-cored original radiator and oil cooler
  • New thermostats for engine and injection system
  • New bearings in cooling fan
  • All new flexible fuel lines
  • All new flexible oil lines
  • Twin electric fuel pumps and bypassed but intact factory mechanical fuel pump
  • Fuel tank cleaned
  • New battery
  • New Pirelli tires
  • Newer stainless-steel exhaust system was retained
  • Transmission was inspected and received new front bearing, input and output seals, new gaskets, and a rebuilt shifter mechanism