Thursday, April 13, 2017

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

Mercedes-Benz introduced a Roadster version of the 300SL at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show. It effectively replaced the gullwing coupe which was retired that year. At $11,000 it was more expensive than the outgoing coupe. By the end of that year, the final 70 of the 1,400 Coup├ęs and the first 618 of the Roadsters were assembled.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer and fastest production car of its day.

The car featured independent rear suspension with coil springs and swing axles, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
Boasting 240 bhp, the 2,996 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine had Bosch mechanical fuel injection, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs.
This 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster made €952.000 at RM Sotheby's last year.