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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

It's hard to find classic cars where the current owner even knows who first bought the car. With this 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, it's easy: it's only had one owner. It's also been in dry storage since 1976, although its late owner — pilot and US Merchant Marine Sig Nygren — used to start it every time he returned home. Given his aviation background, Sig installed several enhancements, including a chronometer, altimeter, and thermometer, as well as fog lights, an eight-track player, and a defroster fan. Other than those small changes, the car remains highly original, with the same Fire Engine Red paint and Red Plaid fabric upholstery it came with, as well as factory inspection tags still visible on the oil and fuel tanks. With only 31,239 miles on the odometer and unquestioned provenance, it's an ideal candidate for a caring restoration.

Photos: Brian Henniker / Gooding & Company