One of the 300SL greats retired after more than 50 years of dedication.
One of the 300SL greats retired after more than 50 years of dedication.
Provisional starting list of Mercedes-Benz cars at the 2016 Mille Miglia as of may 05/2016
62 Rothenberger / Schmidt Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK
63 Louwman / Louwman Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK
64 Mailänder / Geiger Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK
65 Kern / Schapals Mercedes-Benz 710 SSKL
225 Veen / N.N. Mercedes-Benz 300SL W194
313 Koziol / Sikora Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
314 Delbo / Heil Mercedes-Benz 180D
315 Kaddoura / Breitschwerdt Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
317 Bloch / Jancke Mercedes-Benz 190SL
318 Porth / Wagener Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
319 Wolff / Lohr Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
320 Bock / Stark Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
321 Schulz / Schroers Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
322 Koegel / Ammann Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
323 Gattiker / Sellnick Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
324 Carreras / Pascual Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
326 Zoppini / Ravizza Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
343 Kloss / Schmidt Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
344 Sixt / N.N. Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
357 Langston / Fairman Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
358 Prandelli / N.N. Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
368 Schorsch / Schorsch Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
370 Karubian / Hansen Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
375 Kienle / N.N. Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
381 Benze / Mebes Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
384 Lieberman / Moran Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
385 Schloerb / Mächte Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
386 Antonucci / Laboccetta Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
387 Melsunger / Gelmini Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
388 Capelli / Slater Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
392 Tabacchi / Tabacchi Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
394 Di Benedetto / Biandrino Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
398 Kohler / Lehmann Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
400 Hindrichs / Hindrichs Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
402 Kaiser / Kaiser Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
409 Kwee / Carree Mercedes-Benz 300SL W198
415 Natale / Natale Mercedes-Benz 190SL
421 Schmidt / Lach Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
424 Gussago / Lotta Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
The following Mercedes-Benz 300 SL crossed the block in Arizona, january 2016.
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 East Missouri Avenue
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Phoenix AZ 85254
Gooding & Co.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
4700 N. Scottsdale Road
Corner of N. Scottsdale Road and E. Highland Ave.
Keno Brothers ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC
Wednesday, November 18 – Thursday November 19, 2015
Skylight Clarkson Sq
550 Washington Street (between Houston & Spring Streets), New York, NY 10014
Wednesday, November 18th
9:00am – 9:00pm
‘At the Crossroads of Art, Engineering and Technology, the Many Facets of Historic Automobiles’
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Thursday, November 19th
Starts – 9:00am
Selected Automobilia from the Collection of Werner Pfister – 3:00pm
Fine Automobiles – 5:00pm Sharp
Please see here:
Specialist Classic and Sports Car Auctioneers
Tel: +44 (0) 1753 639170
November 28th 2015
Sale Time Motorcars – 12.30 UK time
Viewings November 26th 2015 10:00 a.m.
November 27th 2015 10.00 a.m.
Location Mercedes Benz World – Brooklands, UK
The following Mercedes-Benz 300 SL crossed the auction block on the Monterey Peninsula
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center
2 Portola Plaza
Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
Corner of Stevenson dr. and Portola Rd.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 1980405500628 – Lot 013 – EST US$ 1.3 – 1.6 M
sold for US$ 1.65 M
Carmel, Quail Lodge
Marriott Hotel Monterey
Hyatt Hotel Monterey
Here are the Mercedes-Benz starters at the 2015 Mille Miglia
48 Thomas Weber D / Jens Thiemer D Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK 1928
49 Evert Louwman NL / Quirina Louwman NL Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK 1929
50 Ola Kallenius S / Michael Bock D Mercedes-Benz 710 SS 1930
51 Etienne Veen NL / Ali Garachemani I Mercedes-Benz 710 SS 1929
( original MM car)
57 Helmut Rothenberger D / Ruediger Kapitza D Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK 1929
59 Martin Viessmann D / Maximilian Viessmann D Mercedes-Benz 720 SSK 1929
253 Sven Veen NL / Niels Veen NL Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W 194 1952 ( Original MM car)
301 Andrew Raymond Buxton / AUS Geraldine Anne Buxton AUS Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1954
324 Matthias Bonczkowitz D / Robert Hoffmann D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1954
331 David Newman GB / Marcus Breitschwerdt D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1954 1,32
332 Michael Süss D / Karlheinz Springer D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
335 Aloyse Wagner L / Wolfgang Bremm D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
336 Karl-Heinz Koegel D Jorg Howe D / Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
337 Karl Wendlinger A / Laura Confalonieri I Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
338 Gorden Wagener D / Klaus Bolz D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
339 Andrew Frankel GB / Ed Foster GB Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
340 Georgy Bedzhamow RUS / Alina Zolotova RUS Mercedes-Benz 220 A 1955
341 Ronald Bussink NL / Andreas von Wallfeld D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
342 Bernd Maylander D / Bruce McCaw USA Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
344 Albert Carreras E / Jordi Pascual Forcada E Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
353 Giustino De Sanctis I / Alessandro De Sanctis I / Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
359 Jochen Claussen D / Michael May D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
360 John Karubian USA / X Mercedes-Benz300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
391 Detlef Kloss D Helmuth Vogt D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1955
398 Paolo Di Benedetto I Piergiuseppe Biandrino I Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1956
399 Jochen Mass D / Maurice Ricci F Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1956
400 Wolfgang Bork D / Andreas Schmid D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1956
401 Juergen Kohler D / Marcus Lehmann DMercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1956
410 Christian Jaeger D / Claudia Gil Breton MEX Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1956
413 Dirk Ulrich Hindrichs D / Stefan Hindrichs D Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1956
425 Michael Kwee HK / X Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé W 198 1956
FIRST MERCEDES-BENZ TYPE 300 SL SOLD IN AMERICA RECOGNIZED AS U.S. AUTOMOTIVE HERITAGE
Former Briggs Cunningham Car Celebrates 60th Anniversary of its Appearance at 1955 Daytona Speed Week Historic Vehicle Association Adds 198 040 4500003 to National Historic Vehicle Register
Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2015) – The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) www.historicvehicle.org announced today that the 1954 Mercedes-Benz Type 300 SL (serial number 198 040 4500003) will be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation. The documentation will be part of the HVA’s National Historic Vehicle Register and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) that is permanently archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.
As one of the most significant Mercedes-Benz 300 SL models, this vehicle was honored last week during the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance www.ameliaconcours.org. According to factory records, 198 040 4500003 was the first 300 SL to be produced and was the first 300 SL sold in the United States. This car was exported to U.S. Mercedes-Benz distributor Max Hoffman and purchased by Briggs Cunningham, an influential American sportsman and businessman who raced automobiles and yachts.
Soon after taking delivery in September 1954, Cunningham displayed the car at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Concours. In its first concours entry, the 300 SL won first prize in the sports car class at the show. In February 1955, 198 040 4500003 with race number A18 was photographed with Phil Hill in the cockpit at the Daytona Beach NASCAR Speed Week. The car reportedly did not fully participate in the event due to an engine failure. A replacement engine was subsequently fitted and the 300 SL was sold to William Fleming of Westport, Connecticut. Fleming campaigned the car in the 1956 SCCA season, finishing third in the national points for that year. Fleming won his class in the 300 SL at the Mount Equinox Hill Climb on June 17, 1956. Fleming was one of many early adopters of the 300 SL in sports car racing in the U.S. 300 SLs dominated their class in SCCA racing in both 1955 and 1956. In 198 040 4500003’s 60-year life, the car has had only four other owners since Cunningham bought it new in 1954.
“The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe is a uniquely American story as it was produced at the request of Max Hoffman specifically for the U.S. market,” said Mark Gessler, President of the Historic Vehicle Association. “The 300 SL was the first foreign mass-produced car built primarily for the American market. It launched the SL brand in the Mercedes-Benz family and played a significant role in building the Mercedes-Benz market position in the United States.”
Max Hoffman, a New York-based Austrian who imported luxury European automobiles during the 1950s, suggested to Mercedes-Benz that a sports car should be developed for the U.S. market. Through his personal vision, involvement and urging, the 300 SL line and this early example made it to America. It can be said that without Hoffman, the Mercedes-Benz SL models would never have existed as series-production vehicles. The 300 SL, in particular, was immediately recognized as a car that could be both a daily driver as well as a competitive racecar on public roads and racetracks across America. To this day, 300 SL models are held in high regard by enthusiasts and collectors.
198 040 4500003 featured a shorter shifter at the request of Cunningham (a feature later adopted in production) and a nonstandard fixed steering wheel. This car was delivered to Cunningham before a standard owner’s manual was produced for the 300 SL model. However, Mercedes-Benz provided a hand-typed instruction document for Cunningham so he would know how to operate and maintain his new car. The original document is with the car, and a copy is in the archives at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany. The unique “gullwing” doors were maintained from the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL competition car due to its tubular spaceframe construction. The 300 SL was considered a technical marvel due to the utilization of the tubular frame and mechanical fuel injection – both firsts in a serial production car.
Mark Gessler presented Dennis Nicotra, owner of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 198 040 4500003, with the Historic Vehicle Association “This Car Matters Award” at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
Visit YouTube.com ThisCarMattersFilms to learn more about the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 198 040 4500003.
To view images, go to 300 SL 198 040 4500003 Images.
“I’m honored that the Historic Vehicle Association is recognizing 198 040 4500003 for inclusion in the National Historic Vehicle Register,” said Dennis Nicotra. “When I drive the car, it looks great, drives great and performs exceptionally well. As the current steward of this amazing car, I’m always reminded that it is important to celebrate our automotive heritage and ensure that it is more broadly appreciated and carefully preserved for future generations.”
“The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is a great example of a car that was developed and produced outside of the U.S., but enjoyed its greatest success on the roads, racetracks and concours events across America,” said Richard O’Connor, Chief, Heritage Documentation Programs, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Over the coming year, the HVA will focus its efforts on documenting additional vehicles and will continue to work with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs to refine guidelines and processes to eventually support future public submission. The documentation process includes: (i) a fully referenced narrative and description of the vehicle; (ii) technical drawings of important elements of the vehicle based on a 3D laser scan; and (iii) detailed photographs and film negatives for permanent archive in the Library of Congress. These standards for documentation involve the same level of care that has been used within the Historic American Engineering Record to document the Statue of Liberty and the Space Shuttle Discovery. Both domestic and foreign vehicles are considered provided they have significant American history.
About the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA)
The HVA is supported by a broad group of stakeholders, including industry, new car manufacturers, universities, historians, event organizers, restorers, museums and over 400,000 individual owner-members, making the HVA the nation’s largest automotive heritage organization. The National Historic Vehicle Register is being developed in a manner consistent with how the national heritage programs for architecture and aviation were designed – based on strong public private partnerships with Federal agencies. The HVA was founded in 2009 and represents the U.S. and Canada in the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), an international organization to promote and guide the interests of the historic vehicle movement around the world. For more information, please visit www.historicvehicle.org.
Auction results Scottsdale 2015
all prices include buyers premium.
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster VIN 198042 7500552 – sold for US$ 1.21M
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster VIN 198042 10 003010 – high bid US$ 1.55M (1.705 M including premium)
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing VIN 198040 5500594 – sold for US$ 1.485M
Gooding & Company
1959 Mercedes – Benz 300 SL Roadster VIN 198042 10002448 – reserve not met
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster VIN 198042 10 003060 -high bid US$ 1.55M (1.705 M including premium) – reserve not met
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster VIN 198042 10 002530 – US$ 1,567,500
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe VIN 198040 6500280 – high bid 1.25 M US$ (equivalent 1.375 M US$ incl. premium) – reserve not met
300 SL Roadster VIN 198042 7500568 – sold for US$ 902.000
1955 300 SL Gullwing VIN 198040 5500545 – sold for US$ 1.375 M
1958 300 SL Roadster VIN 198042 8500094 – sold for US$ 1.237.500