1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster w/Hardtop

PCARMARKET is proud to present for auction this 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster from the esteemed Newport Car Museum. Originally conceived as a racing car then as a sports coupe, the 300SL Roadster was the brainchild of America’s then-official Mercedes-Benz importer, Max Hoffman. Introduced to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in May of 1957, the 300SL is one of the most significant motorcars of the 20th century taking claim for many technological firsts. Representing one of 1,858 Roadsters built over a 7-year period, this 1961 example is being offered for auction by its owner out of Portsmouth, RI.

The 300SL was a direct descendant of the 1952 Le Mans W194 competition coupe. The SL's design incorporates the racer's rigid and lightweight tubular space-frame chassis, the first of its kind seen on a production road car. Compared with the Gullwing Coupe, the Roadster’s chassis was redesigned with lower sills to accommodate normal swing-opening doors. Said to have been beautifully restored prior to the owner’s acquisition, this Roadster is finished in its original color Schwartz Black with a red convertible top, detailed images are provided in the photo gallery. Some notable features include elegant stripes over the wheel arches, fender louvers and U.S.-spec headlamps.

The interior cabin of this 300SL Roadster features factory-equipped, code 1088, red leather seats, dashboard and red carpeting, along with chrome brightwork, analog instruments and a 4-speed manual shifter. The driver is supplied with roll-up windows and a 2-spoke, horn-ring, Ivory steering wheel. Arguably the biggest benefit the Roadster gained over the Gullwing was superior ventilation, thanks much in part with larger windows and an open top.

This 300SL is equipped with a type M198 3.0 L straight-six-cylinder motor canted at an unusual 45-degree angle, permitting for a lower hoodline. This front-mounted engine using a direct fuel-injection, the first for a production car, supplies 225 HP to the rear wheels, a boost of 10 HP from previous years. Per images of stampings and plate, it is believed that this 300SL is fitted with its original numbers matching engine. Tests by Road & Track in 1955 suggest the 300SL accelerated to 60 MPH from a standstill in 7.4 seconds, going on to achieve a top speed of 140mph. Suspension was independent at all four corners and low-pivot swing axles served both to lower the car and improve its handling.

The sale of this 300SL will be accompanied by a hard top and an original mirror. Now six decades after it was introduced, the 300SL Roadster remains one of the world’s favorite sports cars. This example not only makes for an excellent Sunday driver, but a welcome ticket to the most exclusive motoring events such as the California Mille, the Copperstate 1000, and the Colorado Grand.   

Auction Results

  • Highest Bid: $1,090,000
  • Auction End: April 19, 2021, 4:08 p.m.
  • Number of Bids: 17
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Comments (34)

  • Hpowercraig 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,090,000

  • hallrite01 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,080,000

  • Hpowercraig 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,075,000

  • Rivington 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,040,000

  • hallrite01 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,037,000

  • Rivington 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,035,000

  • hallrite01 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,033,000

  • Rivington 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,031,000

  • hallrite01 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,030,000

  • Rivington 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,026,000

  • hallrite01 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $1,025,000

  • PCARMARKET 2 monthsago

    Images of the hard top on the vehicle have been added to the listing gallery.

  • PCARMARKET 2 monthsago

    Additional content has been added to the listing page.

  • Gunther911 (seller) 2 monthsago

    @Last_935 You are right! We took a picture of another hardtop in the Newport Car Museum storage room. We will post the correct hardtop soon. Sorry for the mistake.

  • Last_935 2 monthsago

    As that is not a factory hardtop pictured, what can you tell us about it and how does it attach? Also, is it steel?

  • artichoke (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    Had a chance to buy one in near mint condition, in 1970 for $3,200. Guess I should have figured out a way to do it, (I was 17)!

  • Concours300SL (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    I have the correct books and plastic sleeve! Service book remains unused. I formerly owned a similar 1961 300SL Roadster

  • Mbz600doc 2 monthsago

    The picture on the hardtop is not from an 300SL

  • SWilliam 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $1,000,000

  • shakes 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $650,000

  • Gunther911 (seller) 2 monthsago

    @5020love we do not have either a tool kit or books for the car

  • 5020love (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    I asked earlier about the tool kit and books - I asume that you have those - did I miss the answer or a picture? Thanks again

  • Gunther911 (seller) 2 monthsago

    @Lusso250 Yes. We unfortunately do not need two.

  • Lusso250 (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    @Gunther911 Thank you, you are the owner of the Museum i saw olso a 1963 Roadster is that the reason that you sell this Roadster!

  • Gunther911 (seller) 2 monthsago

    @Lusso250 The car is located at the Newport Car Museum 1847 West Main Road, Portsmouth RI about 30 minutes from Providence Airport and 1 1/2 hours from Boston. It is available to be seen any day at the Museum between 9:00 and 5:00

  • Lusso250 (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    @Gunther911 Thank you, where are located in the US is it posible for inspection ?

  • VoperJuan 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $450,000

  • Gunther911 (seller) 2 monthsago

    @Lusso250 yes we do. I will add them to our pictures of the car.

  • Lusso250 (registered bidder) 2 monthsago

    Dear Sir do you have pictures from the original hardtop ?

  • Lusso250 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $375,000

  • para2bate 2 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $350,000

  • 5020love (registered bidder) 2 months, 1 weekago

    Do you have the certificate that shows the original color and numbers - do you have the tool kit and books?

  • Tgilbert 2 months, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $250,000

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1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster w/Hardtop
Final bid: $1,090,000 This auction has ended.