The pair of Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs untouched for over 60 years
A remarkable pair of completely original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs are heading for auction in California this August.
The two cars have spent more than 60 years in the ownership of the same family, and remain untouched and restored, right down to their original paintwork and upholstery.
Both cars will be offered at Gooding & Company's upcoming Pebble Beach auction, which takes place on August 18-19.
The two cars were originally owned by a publishing executive with a passion for cars, and later passed down to his son in the 1960s.
Since then they have remained tucked away in a garage, well-loved but rarely driven, until being consigned to auction this summer.
First up is a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, ordered through Max Hoffman’s New York dealership.
The owner had the car custom finished in British Racing Green with tan leather interior, and today it remains the only example ever produced in this unique colour combination.
With just over 16,000 miles on the clock, the Gullwing is expected to sell for $1 - $1.3 million.
Two years later he returned to Max Hoffman’s to complete the pair, buying a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster in Silver-Blue Metallic, with a gray leather interior and a parchment soft top.
The car was driven more regularly than the Gullwing, and shows 38,000 miles on the clock, but remains in the same completely original condition, and retains its original matching Karl Baisch luggage set.
"As one of the most iconic and beautiful designs in the history of Mercedes-Benz, this Roadster is an untouched beauty and the perfect preservation candidate," comments the auction house.
The Roadster will cross the block with an estimate of $800,000 - $1 million.
"Today, some 60 years on, it is almost impossible to find another pair of 300 SLs still in their original family ownership and unrestored," said Garth Hammers, Specialist at Gooding & Company.
"But here's a pair that have never changed hands, and never been reupholstered. It's maybe for the last time ever that a pair of 300SLs will come out of hiding like this."
"I think collectors are going to be very excited to see these two particular cars come to auction at Pebble Beach."
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