The fastest production car of its day, the Mercedes Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat sports touring car with distinctive gullwing doors. This fuel-injected model was based on the company’s highly successful yet somewhat less powerful carbureted 1952 race car, the W194. The idea of a toned-down W194 tailored to the world’s most affluent performance enthusiasts in the booming post-war American market was the brainchild of Max Hoffman, the largest importer of Mercedes to America at the time. Best known for its distinctive gullwing doors, for being the first-ever consumer fuel-injected vehicle and for being the world’s fastest production car, well-heeled buyers clamored to own one. The 300SL Gullwing would be available from 1955 to 1957, while the 300SL Roadster would run from 1957 to 1963. If you’ve always considered a 1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster as your dream car, let the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club be your guide to finding the perfect match for your garage.
Writing a Buyer’s Guide for the 1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster is actually quite difficult, as many collectors are happy to even find a 300SL available for sale. Because these models are so highly sought-after and rare only 211 units of the 1959 300SL Roadster were made they are one of the most difficult classic car purchases. Once collectors own them, they rarely want to let go of them. Should you find an example of interest, however, always have the 300SL thoroughly inspected by a qualified classic Mercedes expert. This can save you a tremendous amount of money considering that the 300SL models can stretch into the six-figures. Rust can also be an issue with these models, so be sure to inspect the car on a lift to have full access to the underbelly of the car. Lastly, always verify the authenticity of your prospective purchase by checking the chassis and engine number against Mercedes’ records. For the 1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, the chassis number should be 198042, while the engine number for all 300SL models was M198.
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