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Mercedes 300 SL

The 300 SL title is well-known among even the most amateur car enthusiasts. Many car enthusiasts would say that the 300 SL is the most excellent car of the 1950s. 

Initially introduced in 1952 and labeled the W194, the 300SL won at Le Mans, Nurburgring, and took home top honors at Carrera Panamerica. 

Car importer Max Hoffman worked to persuade Mercedes that there were enough Americans with money and taste to buy a road version of the W194. As a result of Hoffman’s persuasion, the 300 SL was ready to be unleashed. 

Ahead of Its Time 

300 SL style, design, and performance dominated the 1954 New York Auto Show. Due to direct fuel injection, the 300 SL was put decades ahead of its time. 

Due to aerodynamic design and 240 horsepower, the 300 SL could go between 140-160 mph as the fastest production car of its time. The 300 SL top-hinged gullwing doors came as a result of the car’s aluminum tube frame making the sills too high for standard doors. 

Aluminum hood, doors, and trunk lid allowed the 300 SL to save overall weight. 29 models of a 300 SL with a fully aluminum body were made. 

You could make the argument that the 300 SL started the trend of what is known today as a supercar. With insane top speed, racing features, exotic materials, and cutting edge technology, the iconic looks and high price tag have all the ingredients of a modern supercar. 

Mercedes took a stab at the supercar market at the right time. During the release of the SL 300, Ferrari and Maserati were still focusing on-road cars, selling them a handful at a time.

While gullwing windows became somewhat of an automotive cliche in later years, the 300 SL is the car that started the booming trend. 

You know what they say:

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

A New Mercedes Image

Mercedes’ image was altered from that of a quiet German car company that focused on luxury sedans to a manufacturer that could also manufacture high-performance stunners. Notable figures such as Clark Gable owning a 300 SL didn’t hurt Mercedes’ image either.

In 2014, a 1956 Gullwing SL was sold for a staggering $1.32 million. Cheap estimates on 1955 Gullwing were around $900,000 in 2014 during Arizona car auctions. Experts are projecting the average cost for an SL 300 coupe to be between $1.8-2 million

300 SL models are hotter than ever on vintage auto markets and considered the most desired collectible Mercedes. 

One interesting fact about the 300 SL is the closed top version is worth more money than the open-top version. Either version is still stunning. 

300 SL Conclusion

The 300 SL is in a league of its own. World-class design and top-tier engineering and performance make this car have universal appeal. If you have the top dollar required to purchase a 300 SL, you’re also buying a solid investment. 

Values for 300 SL models continue to rise. It’s hard to believe the 300 SL was revealed during the 1950s with how advanced it is. There are few, or maybe no cars at all further ahead of their time than the 300 SL. 

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Lev M
Lev M
11:26 02 Feb 20
People have been telling me to go look at Dusty Cars and I'm glad I did. One day, I took the family round and met Doug, the place is great. We saw some really nice vintage cars and even got taken for a drive in one of them.
Laura Levato
Laura Levato
17:18 29 Jan 20
It's been some time since I've been able to do something for myself and I was looking for something that wasn't going to cost me anything, but still give me a pleasurable outing. Dusty Cars was that one outing. I was able to just look around and take in all the cars around me.
Holly Barnard
Holly Barnard
22:21 02 Jan 20
Dear Dusty Cars, Thank you for your hospitality in welcoming us into your dealership. My grandson loved seeing all of your vehicles and committed to star saving his allowance in order to buy one as soon as he turns 21. He's not anywhere near where he needs to be yet, but we'll hold thumbs and keep you in mind for that upcoming visit.
Gabby Shaw
Gabby Shaw
12:28 13 Dec 19
Doug was fantastic to us when we first arrived, but after he had to go and do something urgently, we spoke to another worker there who took great care of us too. Their customer service is good!
Gustavo Costa
Gustavo Costa
13:56 04 Nov 19
Upon meeting John at Dusty Cars, we knew we were in the right place to get our new vintage car. The staff was very professional and friendly, they knew everything about all of the cars and were able to help us get exactly what we needed. Thank you for everything you've done for us. We'll definitely be back again.
George Guerrero
George Guerrero
23:42 29 Oct 19
I particularly love the details that the owners pay attention to. There are very few things better than sitting in vintage car with the smell of the leather seats, seeing brand new dials on the car. It's great to see how much care is put into restoring these works of art.
Noé Gérard
Noé Gérard
18:41 21 Oct 19
these cars are so sexy looking. The cars are right outta the games that we play, you can see all the classics just sitting on the floor its just nice to go and look!
Stuart Anderson
Stuart Anderson
18:15 16 Oct 19
I was accessing my father's storage garage after he passed away, which coincidentally, was just across the street from Dusty Cars! I knew there was a car in there and thought it must have been a sign from God to take my car there and sell it to them. It was such a nice experience and I'll go back again.
Jessica Messina
Jessica Messina
05:25 10 Oct 19
The dealership is a wonderful place to visit. Love the cars, love the people, love the dog!!! Even though I'm not a collector of any kind, there's something special about coming to see the love they put into their restoration process.
Glory Oye
Glory Oye
00:09 26 Jun 19
I've always been a lover of classic cars, precisely the 1956 Porsche 356 Coupe, which is considered as the grandfather of Porsche. I was filled with excitement when I saw my dream car listed on eBay by Dusty Cars. I could count almost a 100 stunning pictures of this car on display, with the metal components, the 4-cylinder, air cooled engine and the red leather interior all in good condition. Douglas is indeed a professional; his attention to details is flawless.
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