1963 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster for sale

2018 Mar 02


Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579
The Mercedes Benz 300 SL is one of the finest and most influential post-war sports cars ever built. Originally conceived in 1954 as a coupe with its iconic ‘Gullwing’ doors, it was followed by the roadster in 1957, which, like its predecessor, was developed as a road going version of Mercedes’ successful W194 racer. Aside from the obvious external design change in eliminating the roof, the roadster benefitted from a number of technical improvements over the coupe including a lower sill line, which improved access to the cabin, and a redesigned rear suspension set up, which significantly improved handling. Performance was further enhanced with a higher compression engine and the adoption of the competition camshafts initially used in the NSL Gullwing race cars. The roadster also received, as standard, air conditioning, leather seats and fitted luggage, which was facilitated by repositioning the spare tyre below the boot.
This 300SL Roadster is a fabulously original, very late car being one of the last 2 built, which accordingly benefits from disc brakes and the highly desirable Alloy engine block (only fitted to the last 200 or so cars). It was constructed in 1963 and sold new by the well-known Mercedes-Benz dealer and racer John Young, who re-purchased it from its first owner in 1967 and then retained the car himself for the next forty eight years. It has a very well documented history from Mr Young’s ownership who used it only sparingly, and having had just three owners from new. As to be expected of such an original car that saw limited use, all the numbers match the factory build sheet and the odometer reading shows less than 30,000 original miles. This remarkably well-preserved Mercedes is not only presented in its correct factory colour scheme of White paint with a Red interior, but both the paint and the interior are original with the Red leather displaying a delightful patina. Importantly the car also comes with its original tools, spare wheel, jack and unused factory hard top. It has recently received a major mechanical recommissioning and is a delight to drive and as such it offers an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire the ‘Holy Grail’ of 300SL Roadsters that is ready to enjoy. The registration number is available by separate negotiation.

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