1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Delivered new to Mannheim, Germany, this 300SL Roadster was first sold to a Swiss customer. It has had no more than two registered owners since; it also features a factory hard top. Many aficionados consider the configuration of this example as the most desirable variant, with disc brakes in combination with the more reliable cast-iron block.

This Mercedes has been the subject of a painstaking, five-year, body-off rebuild. Acquired as a rust- and accident-free original car, it was restored to international show quality, using NOS and Mercedes-Benz replacement components. The restoration is documented with an extensive dossier of invoices and photographs.

The car was finished in Mercedes-Benz White (DB-050), with interior in Burgundy, and with matching soft top and a corresponding white hard top. The glass has all been replaced with new pieces from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, bearing the correct imprints. The Mercedes also includes a new set of fitted luggage by Karl Baisch. Originally delivered without a radio, it is equipped today with a correct NOS Becker Mexico unit with electric antenna.

During restoration, several upgrades were made to enhance drivability on today’s roads. Originally built with the shortest available gearing, required for mountainous countries, it now features the tallest 3.25:1 ratio for effortless motorway cruising. The cockpit has been heat-insulated for maximum comfort, and the stainless-steel exhaust system and manifold have been thermo-wrapped.

Additionally, the engine has been upgraded for unleaded fuel, with uprated valves and hardened seats. It is equipped with an electronic ignition system. Today, the rebuilt engine, as modified, develops significantly more horsepower than when new.

A major advance is the Easydrive electric power steering. At maximum assist, the car can be parallel-parked with one finger. Other upgrades include an electric radiator fan with both thermostat and manual controls, and a removable blind on the oil cooler, which helps the oil to come up to operating temperature more quickly. An alternator conversion from HK Engineering has been fitted.

Fresh, correct, and highly equipped, this desirable 300SL Roadster is both stunning in appearance and exhilarating in performance.

Colin Comer

Colin Comer - Editor at Large

Colin is the founder of Colin’s Classic Automobiles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as SCM’s resident American car expert. His fascination with cars began at an early age, and according to him, he never grew out of it—nor does he wish to. Colin regularly appears on television, and he is the author of the books: “Million-Dollar Muscle Cars” and the “Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles.” A hands-on guy, Comer maintains an impressive collection of his own and is an avid vintage racer. He is a regular contributor to both Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines.

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