1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

If you’ve always wanted to add a vehicle to your classic car line up that wouldn’t look out of place with James Bond behind the wheel, now is your chance with this stunning 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing which is going under the hammer with Bring A Trailer. It has done just 1,200 Kilometres since being restored and still has its original Fuel-Injected 3.0L Inline-Six that delivers a powerful punch out on the road.

This stunning 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing on Bring A Trailer has only a few days left before the curtain closes on the bidding so make sure you move quickly if you’ve got deep pockets and a love of flawlessly restored vintage vehicles. This breathtaking steed was fully restored only a few years ago and the quality it is presented in really is second to none and we’re blown away by the aesthetic impact this vehicle has on us here at Coolector HQ.

Majestic 50’s Vibes

This 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL is one a mere 1,400 Gullwing coupes that were built between 1954 and 1957 and was completed on September 3, 1955. It was shipped to Graz, Austria on the 28th of that month and later spent 30 years with a single owner and has been looked after remarkably well since it rolled off the production line well over half a century ago.

The glorious looking 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing on Bring A Trailer has undergone a first class restoration which included returning the car to its factory colour combination of Graphite Grey over light grey leather, in addition to rebuilding the original fuel-injected 3.0L inline-six engine. The engine powers the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and a 3.25 final drive that was installed during the restoration. 

Some other features which have been included in the restoration process include Rudge knock-off wheels, seatbelts, a reproduction luggage set, and a Becker Mexico radio which has a cool, hidden Bluetooth adapter, as well as red plaid seat cushions that are interchangeable with the grey leather items. The bodywork and paintwork were handled by 300SL specialist Michael Grams of Coachwerks Restoration.

Eye-Catching Interiors

As you would expect from such a sensational looking machine from the outside, the interiors of this 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing are just as impressive. The cabin was reupholstered using light grey leather and two sets of seat cushions come with the car, including one trimmed in matching grey leather and another in red plaid cloth upholstery. The two-spoke ivory-coloured steering wheel pivots downward on its hub to allow extra room for entry and exit.

The 3.0-litre M198 inline-six engine boasts Bosch mechanical fuel injection and is canted at an angle to allow a lower hood profile. Additional features include a dry-sump lubrication system, aluminium cylinder head, single overhead camshaft, and sodium-filled exhaust valves. Factory-rated output was 215 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.