This Late Production 1963 300SL Mercedes Comes Dressed In Original Colors With Factory Disc-Brakes, Euro Headlights And Retains Its Original Aluminum-Alloy Matching Numbers Engine. An Outstandingly Authentic Example Of The Rare And Highly Sought After “Alloy Block” 300SL Roadster
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Matching Numbers. Chassis no. 198042.10.003219 Engine no. 198982.10.000178. Body no. 198042.10.00231. Original Colors. DB 050 White with 203 Red Leather Interior. Factory Original Aluminum-Alloy Block Engine. 4-Wheel Factory Disc Brakes. 040 Black Hard Top w/ Mercedes Crate. Matching Correct German Canvas Soft Top with Correct German Wool Square Weave Carpeting. European Headlights. Fitted Matching Luggage. 2,996 CC Aluminum-Alloy SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine. Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection. 4-Speed Manual Gearbox. Front Independent Double Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs. Rear Swing-Axle Suspension with Coil Springs. Becker Mexico Automatic Radio with Hirschman Antenna. Dual Talbot Mirrors. Comes With Copy of Factory Data Card, Pre-Restoration Photos, Owners Manual, Tool Kit and Jack.
A Very Late Departure
In March of 1957, Mercedes-Benz produced the legendary 300SL Roadster, enacting a host of mechanical advancements and stylistic modifications to move on from the 300SL Coupe to the new open top convertible version. Among the modifications employed by Mercedes to make the Gullwing an open car were a new rear-axle design that improved handling and a modified frame that allowed for the conventionally hinged horizontal opening doors to be realized without sacrificing structural integrity. These factory modifications were further advanced in 1961 with the addition of 4-wheel disc brakes and subsequently, in 1962 and 1963, with aluminum-alloy block engines. Chassis 10.003219 left the factory in March of 1963 and is the 39th from the last car. It embodies the most sought after and rarest spec of the 300SL line…the alloy block disc brake 300SL.
According to the Gullwing Group Registry this late and rare matching numbers 300SL “Alloy Block” Roadster was first owned by Mr. Mathes Julius of Los Angeles, Ca. In 1986, the car would travel to a new home a world away where it went into the collection of Mr. Ryoji Okamoto of Japan. After several decades of ownership, the 300SL would pass to H. H. Sheikh Nasser M.A. Al-Sabah of Kuwait. In 2014, Scott Grundfor Company facilitated the acquisition of the vehicle by the current California based owner where it has remained since. Using it sparingly but maintaining the car to a high standard in his climate controlled home garage, the car has been treated to a dedicated driving and mechanical regimen by the owners private restoration and servicing facility.
In 2010, this exceptional 300SL Roadster was treated to a complete body-off restoration by renowned German 300SL restoration specialists HK-Engineering. Comprehensive work included all cosmetics with paint, chrome and interior being refinished to the original colors of 050 white paint with 203 red leather interior. All gaps and panel fits on the doors, hood and trunk are even and while better than new in precision, have a very original feel to them. The interior of the car is exceptionally well done and free from almost any discernible use to this day, having been finished in a very appealing correct dark red leather. The hard top has been fully restored as original in black and comes in its rare German shipping crate. Accompanying the car, and rounding out the beautiful comprehensive restoration, is a set of correct red matching fitted luggage that has been made to fit in the trunk, and it shows absolutely no signs of any wear since being added to the enviably special package of spec/options this 300SL “alloy block” delivers. Also, the car has been the beneficiary of being fitted with dual Talbot mirrors. Pre-restoration photos are available upon request.
In addition to the cosmetic work completed, the car was fully mechanically overhauled during the restoration and the original number matching aluminum-alloy block engine was rebuilt to the exacting standards of the German mechanics who undertook the work. All mechanical systems were addressed leaving the car functioning as originally intended with impressive driving capability. All engine bay cosmetics have been attended to during the restoration process and were done to a high standard befitting the special nature of the car. To date, the mileage on the restoration totals just 7,484 kilometers. The car has benefitted from frequent and proper servicing as is evidenced by its current performance proper on the road as tested by Scott Grundfor Company.
The Car Today
The 300SL Roadster remains one of the most sought after collector cars in the world today. Mercedes built 1,858 of them from 1957 to 1963, and the car we proudly offer here is one of the absolute rarest of the 300SL line. Chassis 3219 is 1 of of only 209 factory delivered aluminum-alloy engine disc brake examples. Our inspection of the vehicle on arrival at our facility confirms a car in wonderful condition dressed in its original colors of 050 white over 203 red leather in an exceptional working order. As noted on the factory build sheet that accompanies the car, this very late example left the factory on March 28th, 1963 and is the 39th to the last 300SL roadster by chassis number. Of the utmost importance, this Mercedes retains its factory original aluminum block engine and all original stampings. The car also retains all of its original tags including engine, chassis and firewall.
Having seen very limited use since completion of a comprehensive and correctly applied restoration by a marque expert, the quality and vibrance of this example of Mercedes’ most important of designs shines through from every angle of approach. This 300SL “Alloy Block” Roadster incorporates all of the desirable improvements that the factory implemented over the course of production of the 300SL and is an authentically presented example ready for show or driving events.
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