Mecum Indy Features A Rare 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

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As a European sports car importer in the 1950s, Max Hoffmann used his influence to refine European sports cars into the legends they are known as today. One of his most notable accomplishments came in the form of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing,” the result of which evolved to create the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. This masterpiece of automotive history all started with the 1952 Le Mans W194 competition coupe's rigid and lightweight tubular space-frame chassis, modified of course to accept traditional style swing-open doors. Under the hood is a M198 3.0-liter straight-6 that utilizes a unique direct fuel-injection system to produce 225-horsepower to the car’s rear wheels.

For the sake of style, the engine was canted at a 45-degree angle which allowed it to fit under the car's sleek hood. According to Road & Track, the 300SL was capable of a 7.4-second 0-60 sprint and a top-speed of 140-mph. A fully-independent suspension delivered smooth handling capabilities and a lower center of gravity. All of these features and capabilities immediately demanded attention from enthusiasts making the roadster one of the most renowned sports cars in the world.

This is one of the 1,858 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadsters largely hand-built from 1957-1963, and one of only 250 made in 1961 for the 1962 year model. Chassis No. 10002722 and Body No. 1000233 includes black soft top and desirable Becker Mexico radio. This great car is selling at Mecum Indy May 12-20. With over 3000 vehicles expected, this is a must for classic and collector car enthusiasts.

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