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Will This Pair of Mercedes Benz 300SLs Set a Sale Record?

Two models of the beloved sportscar, in original condition with low mileage, are coming to the auction block together. 

These two Mercedes SLs are in original condition, with low mileage.

Courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Brian Henniker.

This August, at their flagship auction in Pebble Beach, California, exclusive automotive auction house Gooding & Company will offer a pair of mid-century Mercedes-Benz 300SLs: a “Gullwing” coupe, and a roadster. This is not atypical. Nearly every Gooding auction has featured at least one quality 300SL. One is nearly requisite for any discerning top-notch car collection.

But these particular cars are distinguished by a unique and impeccable provenance. Both were purchased new by a car-loving Chicago publishing executive back in 1955 and 1957, and they have remained with his family ever since (his son is the current owner.) Maintained and exercised regularly in original and un-restored condition, with wonderfully timeworn factory paint and interior materials, over the past sixty years they have covered just 53,000 miles total between the two of them.