1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

VIN: 22341

(Not The Actual Vin Number)

Stock# 22341
SMS TEXT ME THIS CAR
+1
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Stock#: 22341
Ext. Color: Red
Year: 1957
Vin#: 22341

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing: The 5th from last 300SL Coupe Ever Produced
 
This 1957 300SL Gullwing Chassis number 7500071 was the fifth from last 300 SL coupe produced and, as such, has all of the most desirable late-production features, as well as the optional Becker Mexico radio and full leather upholstery. 
 
It was originally delivered to 28-year-old Donald H. Bueermann of Portland, Oregon, later passing to fellow Portland resident Howard Hanna, as recorded in Eric LeMoines 300 SL Register. In the early 1960s, it moved to Washington State in the ownership of young Arthur L.W. True, heir to a Spokane oil fortune and a well-known figure in Pacific Northwest sports car circles. Mr. True was a particular fan of Ferraris and is famous for his custodianship of the unrestored 250 TR, chassis number 0704 TR. Sadly, True passed away in 1967 at the age of 35. His family subsequently donated several of his outstanding automobiles, including the 250 TR and this Gullwing, to the Henry Ford Museum of Dearborn, Michigan. The museum found the Gullwing outside their needs and, within a year, had sold it to the last owner, a resident of Jackson, Michigan.

While the owner enjoyed his 300 SL, he never had a place to maintain it in the conditions it demanded, and so it has spent its life since 1968 on display in two different museums. For the past few decades, its home has been the Special Interest Gallery of the ACD Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where it has been viewed by many hundreds of thousands of visitors to that legendary facility. In fact, for many Midwestern 300 SL enthusiasts, it was their very first in-person view of a Gullwing.

Such superb surroundings have helped the 300 SL survive in exceptionally original condition. Much of the Fire Engine Red finish (534) has been redone, as-necessary over passing years, but is still present on the factory hubcaps. The original Cream upholstery was quickly surface-dyed black 
decades ago, but remains intact, and there are no tears or scratches. All of the 36,375 actual miles recorded at the time of cataloging were added prior to 1968. The car is still equipped with its original Michelin spare, as well as two of the three original belly pans.

There are almost no other Gullwings that have survived in the condition of this car, and fewer still that have been continuously admired and beloved by so many, for so long, firing the imagination. For three decades, visitors to one of America's foremost automotive museums have had the opportunity to envision mastering the art. 

Chassis No. 198.040.7500071 
Engine No. 198.980.7500075 
Body No. 198.040.7500068

 
  • Exhibited for four decades at various Indiana museums
  • Never restored
  • Formerly owned by noted West Coast sportsman Arthur L.W. True
  • A thrilling opportunity to acquire one of the most original surviving Gullwings

Price: $1,295,000 Firm 


Be one of the first to get email notification when the vehicle you are looking for is added to our inventory.

Signing up for the Auto Locator Service gives you the inside track to our most up to date inventory and helps you find the vehicle you are looking for.

selling classic car? contact us.

We Buy Classic Cars in Any Condition

Fast & Easy Deals For Our Sellers.
Quick Payment & pick up.
30 Years of Experience in Classic Cars.
We Gladly Pay Finder's Fee.
Please Feel Free to Call Peter Kumar at
1-800-452-9910 To Sell your Classic Cars
My Garage Registration
Make the most of your shopping experience
by creating an account. You can:

Access your saved cars on any device.
Receive Price Alert emails when price changes,
new offers become available or a vehicle is sold.
My Garage Registration
My Garage Registration
Enter the email address you used when creating the account and click Send button. A message will be sent to that address containing a new password.