Untouched Mercedes SL Gullwing & Roadster Heading to Auction

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1956 SL Roadster and 1963 SL Gullwing Pair

Barn-find Mercedes-Benz 300SL pair are each worth millions.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwings are arguably the most sought-after classic German cars from the 1950s. The 300 SL roadster also ranks among the brand’s most collectable models. According to a recent article from Auto Classics, a barn find for two such impeccable 300SLs will debut at the Artcurial Motorcars Le Mans Classic sale in France this July.

Swedish dental surgeon and collector Gunnar Giermark first purchased these beauties in the 1960s and stored them away, practically untouched. Unfortunately, he died in 2011. It’s unclear whether he wanted to let them accrue value or showcase them one day, but the 1963 300 SL Roadster has an estimated worth of $1.7 to $2.3 million (€1.5 to 2 million), while the 1956 300 SL Gullwing goes for $1.1 to $1.7 million (€1 to 1.5 million).

It goes without saying that these are probably the world’s rarest pair of SL two seaters in existence. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first phenomenon of its kind.

1956 SL Roadster and 1963 SL Gullwing Pair

Giermark’s Legacy

Giermark bought the Roadster factory fresh on July 7, 1963 and put only a handful of original miles on it. Only 57 of these were ever built in 1963, and this one even comes with the original hardtop, manuals and genuine paperwork. He imported the SL Gullwing in March 1968 from Portugal. The odometer has 38,525 miles on it (62,000 kilometers), but judging by his collector persona, he likely didn’t contribute anything to this total, and probably just locked it away as soon as he purchased it. Since he died without any heirs, the Swedish Inheritance Fund stepped in acquired both cars.

1956 SL Roadster and 1963 SL Gullwing Pair

“With just 1380 km from new, this practically untouched Roadster, the rarest model, must be totally unique. To appear in the same sale with its sister car, the Gullwing, that has the same provenance, is an exceptional event,” said Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars.

Since neither car has been restored in any way, their paint looks immaculate and their chrome still has luster. More importantly, neither of them have any damage. They are completely original and while some may say that they probably need a clear coat touchup for good measure, their natural beauty remains brilliant as far as we can tell.

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