What a special car, the Mercedes Benz 300SL. It was, moreover, the fastest production car back then and the first direct injection. Firstly, it was introduced as a coupé (from 1955 to 1957) with gull-wing doors, whereas later on it was also offered as an open roadster, 190 SL (from March 1955 to 1957). Both models were followed by the Mercedes 230 SL. Over 80% of the vehicle's total production of about 1400 units were sold in the United States. It made the 300SL the first Mercedes-Benz that was widely successful outside the German home market. It distributor Max Hoffman already suggested way before the first Mercedes 300SL was built that there would be a need on the US market for a street version of the W194 Gran Prix racer. The 300SL changed the company’s image in America. Americans see Mercedes Benz as a car manufacturing capable of producing high-performance sports cars.
The 300 SL model is one of the most valuable and most collectible cars these days. The price generally ranges between the $1.000.000 and $2.500.000. It has even been ranked as the number five sports car of all time. Because of the high price, car enthusiasts might focus more on the 190 SL as the price is considered tob e a tenth of that of the Mercedes 300 SL.
Looking to buy a Mercedes-Benz classic or a 300SL? Depending on the generation you are looking for, a Mercedes 300SL in good condition might be rare these days. Below you can see which Mercedes-Benz models we have for sale at Legendary Classics. Can’t find the Mercedes-Benz 300SL? Give us a search query and our team will do its utmost to find one that meets your requirements and wishes.
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