Super Rare 300SL Gullwing Duo Take a Bow at Amelia Island

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Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL „Gullwing“-Zwillinge in FloridaAmelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" twins in Florida

Consecutive 43rd and 44th 1954 M-B W198 300SLs took the stage at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

This past weekend was the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, which entered its 24th year. The largest Concours show on the East Coast is known to celebrate some of the world’s finest, most expensive and most pristine examples of automotive history. And this year of course, is no different.

No Concours show is complete without its fair share of Silver Arrows of course but this year’s event showcased a very unique pairing. In what seems to be a very rare occurrence, Mercedes-Benz officially announced that two W198 300SL Gullwings will be making their appearance. Sounds pretty normal for just any Concours d’Elegance. But this isn’t just any normal pair of W198 Gullwings.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300SL „Gullwing“-Zwillinge in Florida

Instead, this pair just happens to consecutively be the 43rd and 44th 300SL Gullwings to ever roll off the assembly line in Stuttgart, Germany. Both cars were discovered originally as “barn finds” in early 2018.

Car number 43 specifically was sold and shipped to Miami in 1954 and only legally registered for 10 years. Being a 1954 car, it sports some particularly unique identifiably bespoke touches. Such includes bolt-on fender flares, a slightly different grille shape, and handmade badges, all of which indicates a first-model-year car.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL „Gullwing“-Zwillinge in FloridaAmelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" twins in Florida

When it was found just last year, it was in completely original and estimated to worth at least $900,000 in its original state, according to Road & Track. It had also appeared that the previous owner—who just happens to be a close friend to Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance—began prepping Gullwing #43 for a complete repaint of its original mid-blue hue.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300SL „Gullwing“-Zwillinge in Florida

But somewhere in between, the restoration halted, and the car remained in storage ever since having only been primed and sanded. When discovered, Warner invited Hagerty’s Barn Find Hunter host, Tom Cotter, for a video walkaround. Cotter then believed Gullwing 43’s restoration could take at least two years and $500,000.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300SL „Gullwing“-Zwillinge in Florida

Gullwing #44 on the other hand underwent an extensive, no-hold-barred restoration by Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. It was estimated that the fully-restored Concours-quality Gullwings could fetch as much as $1.3 million at minimum.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300SL „Gullwing“-Zwillinge in FloridaAmelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" twins in Florida

Both Gullwing #43 and #44 shared its own display at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

 

Photos: Daimler

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Ever since picking up his first MicroMachine, Chris Chin knew automobiles were his greatest passion. Since his first car, a 1994 W124 E320 Coupe and later, a 1975 W116 280S, Chris taught himself everything he knows about automobiles and later learned of his obsession for classic Silver Arrows.

From learning how to wrench on them, to being the stereotypical “walking car encyclopedia,” Chris later figured out he could indulge in his passions through writing and photography, eventually earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. His efforts led him to manage several automotive news sites such as FastLaneDaily and DigitalTrend's Car section while producing for sites like Hagerty. He currently maintains a column at Automobile Magazine. Chris hopes to further indulge in his passion for old Mercedes-Benzes with one of his life-long favorite communities, MBWorld.

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