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Buying a 1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster

1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL RoadsterIf you’re thinking about buying a 1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, you’ve come to the right place for model information and history, as well as valuable Buyer’s Tips and Guides. Let’s start with the history. Mercedes Benz never really intended on building the 300SL road going version of their famous racecar. Max Hoffman, a New Yorker and leading importer of Mercedes to America, thought a road going version would captivate the postwar American market and it did just that. He would place an initial order for 1,000 vehicles and the 300SL was born. First launched as a 300SL Gullwing Coupe in 1954 with the gullwing doors that would ultimately become an iconic Mercedes Benz feature, the first cars would have a U.S. sticker price of $6,820, raising to a final $8,902 by the end of the production run. Later in 1957, the 300SL would be reborn as the 300SL Roadster. In total, Mercedes would sell 1,400 units of the 300SL Gullwing Coupe from August 1954 to May 1957 and 1,858 units of the 300SL Roadster from May 1957 to February 1963. Of those, 244 would be the 1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster models.

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1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster Buyer’s Guide

When buying a 1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, always have it inspected by a qualified Mercedes classic expert. These cars can easily fetch price tags into the six figures and it would be terrible to purchase a model that was not authentic or that had hidden, costly issues. Secondly, these 300SL Roadsters are expensive to restore and parts can be difficult if not impossible to find. The Beverly Hills Car Club always recommends finding and purchasing the best and most complete model you can find; buying a good condition model is cheaper than restoring one of poor condition. As with all classic cars, it is also important to ask the seller for any documentation they have regarding ownership history, provenance, maintenance or restoration. These items will help formulate a value for the 300SL and will also help you should you decide to sell the car in the future.

For more Buyer’s Tips like these for the 1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club, a renowned California classic car dealership, encourages you to contact them today. They are always just a phone call away and look forward to helping you find the perfect 300SL Roadster for your garage. Connect today!

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