It’s not surprising that the classic 300SL is still a premiere, sought-after roadster. But where did it all begin? The Gullwing 300SL roadster was an adaptation of the W194 race chassis, developed by Daimler-Benz in 1952. It was the first sports-car designed by the iconic Mercedes-Benz manufacturer.
Targeted at wealthy Americans, Daimler unveiled the classic 300SL at the New York Motor Show in 1954. Car enthusiasts touted the 300SL as the fastest production car in the world.
Compared to cars produced at that time, the 300 SL was light years ahead. So it’s no wonder it is still turning heads till today. Its iconic doors have remained a standout feature to date and are why the nickname “Gullwing Mercedes” still carries clout to this day.
At the time of launch, the 300 SL original price was a remarkable $11,000. You could purchase a Corvette and four Jaguar sedans with what it would cost you to buy a new Mercedes 300 SL!
Daimler produced the 300SL Gullwing Coupe and 300SL Roadsters at Sindelfingen, Germany, from 1954 to 1963. Both models were ahead of their time and shared the same parts and engineering philosophies, and craftsmanship throughout their run on the production line.
Inspired by the racing cars of 1952 and beyond, Mercedes-Benz built 1,400 Gullwing Coupes between 1954 and 1957. Nowadays, the Gullwing value can be anywhere from around $1 million to up to and beyond $3 million.
These beauties were usually silver, gray, or metallic, with the 300SL Gullwing interior furnished in plaid fabric and vinyl. You could get a radio and unique luggage space custom-fitted by the Daimler powerhouse on order. Its instrument panel also had the same color as the car’s exterior. The 300SL Gullwing engine was a standard 3.0L.
This model also had rudge wheel parts & accessories. These additions were available at the factory’s request if you didn’t like the conventional bolt-on wheels.
The 300SL Roadster bore a substantial outward similarity to the Coupe, but that was where it ended.
One could argue that it was much more than a Gullwing 300 SL with a soft top. It had more space and conventional doors with roll-down windows. Also, the instrumentation received an upgrade with better heating controls.
Admittedly, it had lesser fuel capacity, but that was a necessary sacrifice. Alterations to the fuel capacity made room for a spare tire.
Daimler-Benz produced 1,858 Roadster 300SL models from 1957 to 1963. Nowadays, the 300SL Roadster value is anywhere between $500,000 to over 1 million.
The 300SL is still a fantastic drive. It’s quiet at most speeds and purrs along till you get the engine revving past 4000 rpm. Once you get the engine to that point, it becomes a loud machine-gun. When you drive the 300 SL, you need planning, timing, and forethought to get the best out of its legendary engine, and that’s what makes it so much fun to drive!
The 300 SL has a four-speed manual transmission, with an incredible acceleration time due to its low gravity. When driving the Gullwing 300SL, the feeling of rocket-like acceleration is one you won’t forget in a hurry. It can go from 0 — 60mph within just a few seconds!
The 300 SL’s driving experience bests even those Jaguar sports cars of it’s time. It’s also an ergonomically sound vehicle — with a build quality that most modern cars would envy.
When assessing the condition, you would need to answer the following questions:
Silver and white are the most popular colors of the Gullwing 300SL. If your car sports any of these colors, it’s sure to command a premium.
However, don’t despair if your version has one of the more adventurous colors. It’s still a Gullwing 300SL, after all.
Mileage isn’t usually a significant issue, especially if your old Mercedes 300SL is in prime condition. But you also want to sell a car that hasn’t received a flogging until it is on its dying legs.
Various free classic car sites enable you to do preliminary research on an estimated price for your Mercedes 300SL, depending on the vehicle condition and model. Here are three reputable sources:
Remember that you will still need to get an official appraisal from a qualified appraiser when you sell it, and even then there’s always the time it could take to move a car like this on the private buyer marketplace. Do you have a classic 300SL to sell? Whether you have a classic, Gullwing, or Roadster for sale, we are looking to BUY today with immediate payment and car pickup. Let’s talk.
The Mercedes 300SL value is likely to appreciate, but you can never predict market conditions. The point being, you may not want to hold out for a higher amount if you could make a lucrative sell right now.
Many factors combine to raise the value of a classic car, including:
Selling your Mercedes 300 SL is a personal choice. If you are still enjoying your car, sure, hold onto it. But if you want to cash in on the value of a classic car, then sell it to the highest buyer.
The Beverly Hills Car Club is a great place to sell your classic Mercedes 300 SL. Alex Manos and the team have a firm grasp. We have respect for classic cars and are sure to give your vehicle the respect it deserves at the point of sale.
A certified master appraiser can assess the classic Mercedes 300 SL. An appraisal must include the following:
The appraiser’s signature and contact information
Images of 300SL
A restored car will usually sell for more than a barn-find car. The buyer of a barn-find 300 SL Mercedes would still need to spend a considerable amount of money bringing the car back to shape, depending on the damage. With a restored car, the buyer is sure he has no work to do.
If you are trying to sell a 300SL in which the engine number and VIN don’t match the title, you need to clear that up before you get a serious buyer. Mismatches like this could be due to various clerical errors or could mean that you bought a stolen car.
Without regular driving or maintenance, any car is likely to degrade, even the Gullwing 300SL roadster. It would be best to be transparent with the buyer about its maintenance history and how often your 300 SL hits the road. This information gives a sense of the overall condition of the car.
The Mercedes-Benz could cost you as little as $100 to $1,000 to maintain annually, and $500 on the average. The cost depends on state of the car obviously, and the mechanic you use, but these are relatively simple machines (compared to today) and parts are available.
Ideally, you should get your 300SL serviced once a year.
There are thousands of sites you can use to try and sell your Classic Mercedes 300SL online. However, not all of them are reputable or able to give you a fast transaction.
Here are some tips so you don’t get scammed by a classic car dealer online:
If you don’t research the buyer beforehand, you risk getting a low-ball offer or completely ripped off. Your buyer should be knowledgeable and well-trained in the car collecting field.
Here at Beverly Hills Car Club, we are dedicated to getting you the most optimal price for your car. Our owner Alex Manos has years of expertise in this field and knows all the pricing details and issues. When you sell your 300SL to us, we guarantee the best possible value.
We appraise Mercedes SLs by evaluating their condition, mileage, inclusion of OEM parts, color combinations and more. We’ll also get an idea of their current market value by analyzing the recently recorded public sales of other 300SLs. Considering all of these factors will help us appraise your vehicle.
If it’s time to stop wondering and researching “how to sell my Mercedes Benz 300SL”, reach out to our team at Beverly Hills Car Club to start the process of selling your vehicle! (And if you’re in the market to purchase, check out our current inventory, or call to discuss what you’re looking for!)
Owner and classic car expert Alex Manos can help you navigate the minute details of the car selling process.
It can be hard to part with your vehicle, but he and his team will ensure you get the best value for it.