The dream of every Mercedes fan: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster as a barn find

Less than 25,000 kilometers on the clock and four years of decades in one hand

Every one of us really dreams of such an extraordinary discovery, right? How often do we imagine finding numerous coveted classics in a remote barn in the country? Covered in dust, dirt and history. Unfortunately, very few of us have managed to find such an enticing barn find. This Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster was recently spotted in Indiana (USA). To date, the vehicle has not clocked up 25,000 kilometers and has been in one hand for the past four decades. 

Blue-grey 300 SL with black leather

The 300 SL Roadster seen here is an extraordinary find. The Mercedes is one of 249 examples produced in 1960. The vehicle was delivered new to the USA at the time and was painted in the beautiful and rare blue-grey color code DB166G. There was also a black leather interior. This previously unknown 300 SL Roadster (at Gullwing Group Register only lists the VIN and no known owners) was in the Chicago area in the early 1970's and was advertised there by the above named "Langzeitzer". Shortly after buying it, he parked his Mercedes SL in a barn where the roadster would sleep for the next 40 years. The 300 SL remained hidden from the public for four decades.

 Only 14,558 original miles in 60 years

It is all the more astonishing that this "Merc" was found again after such a long time. Today the 300 SL with matching numbers only shows 14,558 original miles on the odometer. The chic leather upholstery in black is correspondingly intact. There is also a still visible service sticker from September 1973. In that year the Roadster was checked by Knauz Continental in Lake Forest, Illinois. The vehicle is in fantastic unrestored condition and is a real barn find. Unfortunately, we have to disappoint potential buyers: The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster barn find has since sold for $1,250,000. 

About the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1957, a 300 SL Roadster was presented as the successor to the 300 SL Gullwing. Like the gullwing, the roadster was also the responsibility of Max Hoffman, who was the official importer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles at the time and wanted to sell sports cars with the Mercedes star. The Board of Management saw this as a welcome opportunity to open up the US market for Daimler-Benz and agreed. 

Slight modifications are necessary for the conversion
Technically speaking, the roadster was largely the same as the coupé; by modifying the side parts of the tubular space frame, the entry height could be reduced to such an extent that normal doors could be used. The rear wheel suspension has been fundamentally improved: the single-joint swing axle with a lowered pivot point, already familiar from the 220 a, was now also installed in the 300 SL Roadster in an adapted form and was fitted with a compensating spring for the first time. Compared to the original pendulum axle of the gullwing coupé, the driving characteristics were significantly improved. 

Innovations in 1961 and 1962
From October 1958 there was a removable coupé roof available as an optional extra, which was available at a price of 1,500 DM and could also be retrofitted if desired. The wide rear window and the stylistically successful design of the hardtop were remarkable. Of the technical changes that went into production over the course of six years, two are particularly noteworthy: in March 1961, the 300 SL received Dunlop disc brakes on the front and rear wheels, and from March 1962 a modified engine with a light-alloy block was installed .

 Always a sought-after star: the 300 SL Roadster
Production of the 300 SL ended on February 8, 1963 in Sindelfingen. This date marked the end of an era at Daimler-Benz: After production of the 300 had already been discontinued in March 1962, the 300 SL, the last car model with a separate frame, also disappeared from the production range. Both versions of the 300 SL, roadster and gullwing coupé, were downright collector's vehicles from the start and have lost none of their fascination to this day; they have been among the most sought-after and best-rated classics for years. 8 picturesPhoto series | Less than 25,000 kilometers and four years Decades in one hand: The dream of every 

Mercedes fan: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster as a barn find

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