1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe

The line between race cars and road cars was exceptionally thin up until the safety era of the mid-1960s. A perfect example is this nearly-perfect 300 SL Gullwing. Mercedes took their tube frame chassis and 3-liter inline-six motor from the W194 race car, designed some of the most striking bodywork ever seen, and sold it to the public as a grand touring masterpiece. This 1957 300 SL was purchased from a machinist in California in 1996, having been originally sold in Minnesota. Jerry Hjeltness took the car to his restoration shop and embarked on a 10-month restoration. Hjeltness documented every step of the projected, with the car being completely disassembled and every part either replaced or brought up to a like-new standard. As a testament to the quality of the work, the restoration is still in incredible shape, and two books of photographs and records documenting the process are included.

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