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Abandoned 300SL Gullwing Barn Find Is Worth $1M

Road & Track logo Road & Track 5/17/2018 Brian Silvestro
This Gullwing is the 43rd example built. It hasn't run in over 60 years. It's worth almost seven figures.: Abandoned 300SL Gullwing Barn Find Is Worth $1M© Hagerty - YouTube Abandoned 300SL Gullwing Barn Find Is Worth $1M

This isn't the first Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing barn find we've seen, but it might be the coolest. It's the 43rd example to roll off the production line in 1954, stripped of paint and stuffed in a storage unit with all of its chrome trim pieces packed inside the cabin. It's been sitting for over 60 years, and now, it's finally been revealed to the world. 

Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours in Florida, is a close friend to this 300SL's owner, and invited Hagerty's Barn Find Hunter host Tom Cotter to come take a closer look. According to Warner, the car was stripped of its original paint in the mid 1950s and given a coat of primer, but never repainted. Everything, including the body panels, glass pieces, interior, wheels, powertrain, and even tires, are entirely original.

a close up of a clock: Abandoned 300SL Gullwing Barn Find Is Worth $1M© Hagerty Abandoned 300SL Gullwing Barn Find Is Worth $1M

This Gullwing was the 43rd example to roll off the line in Stuttgart, and as such, it retains many features shared by early cars. Things such as bolt-on fender flares, hand-made badges, and a different grille shape are all indicators this is a first-year Gullwing. Cotter is keen enough to point out a super-cool, period-correct SCCA sticker in the right-hand corner of the windshield.

Of course, the car is in need of a full restoration because it's been sitting for over six decades. All of its rubber seals have long since dried out, and the suspension looks to have failed completely. But because the car has no rust, and all of the original pieces are present, Cotter estimates this car's worth around $900,000 as it sits. In top-spec concourse-level condition, these cars are worth about $1.3 million. It's worth mentioning that Warner believes a restoration, if done correctly, would take two years and over $500,000.

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