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Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show of 1957, the Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster effectively replaced the widely popular Gullwing Coupe that had been retired earlier in the year. While it’s $11,000 price tag was more expensive than that of the outgoing coupe, the 300SL Roadster offered a wealth of changes including larger front fenders, larger European-style headlights, a smaller front grille, a rounder front windscreen and a chrome accent strip running down the side of the car. Much like the Coupe, the 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster also featured several additional options, which today’s collectors are happy to find. Some of these options include the hardtop, Rudge wheels and fitted luggage designed to fit the rear compartment of the car. Manufactured from 1957 to February 1963, only 1,858 units of the 300SL Roadster would be produced, 554 of which would fall in the 1957 model-year.
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When buying a 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, it is important to remember that due to low production numbers, parts can be rare and expensive. Additionally, because these cars are quite valuable, it is imperative for any prospective purchase to be authenticated and inspected by a classic Mercedes expert. To authenticate the 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, look for engine and chassis numbers. The chassis plate is attached to the engine firewall, while another stamping can be found on the left side front chassis leg close to the tubular transverse member. The chassis number for a 300SL Roadster should be 198042. On the other hand, the engine number can be found stamped into the right hand side of the cylinder block and also on the alloy plate. The engine number for all 300SL models should be M198. It is also important that you check for signs of rust in rust-prone areas such as the headlight buckets, eyebrow areas, inner wheel housing, trunk floor, and rear roof pillars.
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