Lot #5044 - This 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was bought new in Southern California at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood. The original owner had the car until 1957 when he traded the car back into Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood. The second owner bought the car and had it for only 18 months. The past and final owner for 53 years bought the car on February 20, 1960 with 65,999 miles on the car. Title reads exempt. The car was bought directly from the second owner who lived in Santa Monica, CA. The third owner, who owned the car for 53 years, had the car at his home in Pleasanton, CA for 50 years and finally brought the car to Reno, NV when he moved there in 2009. The vehicle comes with its 1956 California Yellow Plate that was with the car from new, it also comes with an original pink slip that was issued by the State of California in 1960 and the Black Plate issued by the State of California in 1960. The third owner had the car from the spring of 1960 all the way until May of 2013. He confirms that in his entire 53 years of ownership he only put 6,000 miles on the car. The restoration process was started three years ago and completed approximately a year ago. All parts were supplied from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, CA who also assisted in the direction of the restoration. This 300SL was the pride and joy of the one of the earliest members to join the Gullwing group and is still an active member today. To find a car that has an impeccable history, solid ownership fact pattern, restoration just completed in the last 200 miles and in its original colors is becoming harder and harder to find. This 300SL is equipped with all matching numbers (engine, chassis, body, transmission, rear end and front axles) and its original 3-piece belly pans. All materials used in the restoration are as they were when the car was new. All materials used in the restoration are as they were when the car was new.
**TITLED AS A 1956**
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