1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL vs 1956 300 SL

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Original And Restored 1 photo
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It's not everyday that you can encounter not one but two Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupes from 1956 being sold at the same auction, but even more rare would be if both were black with red leather interiors.
Believe it or not, this is exactly what happened at a car auction held by Gooding & Company a few days ago, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 1956 Gullwing on top in the above image is actually one of only 108 black 300 SL Coupes that left the Mercedes-Benz factory, out of a total of 1400.

The 1956 Gullwing bellow is yet another black 300 SL Coupe, with the only major difference compared to the one above being the fact that it has been completely restored to the same state it had after it rolled off the factory line.

Since the first one had never been restored apart from some minor paint retouching over the almost six decades of its life, you would think that it would have fetched quite a lot less money at the auction compared to the aforementioned pristine 300 SL.

You would be wrong to believe that though, as the restored model was sold for a nice $1,402,500 including buyers fees, while the jalopy Gullwing went for no less than $1,897,500 including fees.
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