On April 1, a really special Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe from 1955 is going to be sold at an auction in Glendale, Arizona held by Mecum Auctions. This car looks very unique because it was the only one painted in Mittelgrun (a color meaning “medium green”) and also has that same color on its dashboard. Plus, there were only 1,400 Gullwing coupes made between 1954 and 1957!
The green Gullwing was finished in April 1955 and sent to Mercedes-Benz of New York. At that time, it was owned by a man called Max Hoffman who helped bring the 300SL car from Europe to America. The reason why those race cars have Gullwing doors is because their frame didn’t allow them to have normal ones.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation bought the car in January 1973 and they gave it a thorough renovation sometime in the early 2000s. After fixing it up, it was put on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum from 2015 until 2020.
The car has an eye-catching green paint color, and a 3.0-liter engine which puts out around 215 horsepower. The interior was changed from gray to beige, and the power from the engine goes to the wheels through a 4-speed manual gearbox.
A Gullwing car is going to be sold for anywhere between $1.8 million and $2.2 million, like the experts predicted. But in 2022, one of the rare models made out of aluminum was sold for almost seven million dollars! And another vehicle that had been driven a lot less than others was bought by someone at an auction in 2018 for a whopping three-point-seven million dollars!