Needless to say, there are certain golden ages of car manufacturing but, in our opinion here at Coolector HQ, the 1960s is chief amongst them and, as if to reinforce that fact, we introduce you to this 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster which is available to purchase from luxury car specialists, Auxietre & Schmidt. Given that it is “Price Upon Request” we don’t hold out much hope of it being within our price range but for those with deep pockets and a love of classic cars, it’s one of the best in the business.
The 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is an out of this world, original example of this breathtaking creation from the German car brand and it comes equipped with disc brakes and hard top from new. It has entirely matching numbers throughout and has had the same owner for decades who has looked after it wonderfully well during his ownership – which is evidenced by the immaculate, original interior.
Having only done 65k miles from new, 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is still running remarkable well considering its age and it is in such a remarkable condition that it looks like its just rolled off the factory production line. Launched in 1954, the production 300 SL kept the spaceframe chassis of the racer and was powered by a 2,996cc, overhead-camshaft, inline six canted at 45 degrees to achieve a lower, more aerodynamic bonnet line.
This amazing 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from Auxietre & Schmidt recorded a 0-60mph time of 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 130mph during a Road and Track test in 1958, which made the 300 SL Roadster one of the fastest convertibles of its time. The 300 SL Roadster sold well for a car that cost more than a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder and would out-live the 300 SL Coupé, which stopped being produced in 1957.
The first owner of this spectacularly cool Mercedes was Captain M. L. Warren of Long Island who was then a Pan Am pilot. Warren sold the car in December 1970 to another Pan Am pilot colleague of his, Philip Psomadakis from North Carolina. Over a decade later, in November 1982, third owner Norman Fineberg from Woodbridge, CT, bought it and kept the car for nearly 30 years before it got acquired by the fourth and current owner who is selling it through Auxietre & Schmidt.
This 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster has been fully appraised by one of the most prominent experts for 300 SL’s, and it is unquestionably one of the very best original examples on the market. It is offered in an outstanding preservation condition throughout, all numbers, with no exception, are matching, which has over the years become very uncommon for this model.
Given the lack of price tag, you know it’s not going to come cheap but a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster in this sort of condition just doesn’t come along every day so it’s definitely going to be the crowning glory of some classic car collector’s line up of vehicles.