Contrary to the usual opinion, the construction and design of the 300 SL Roadster began before the delivery of the first coupes in October 1954. The first roadster prototypes for the presentation to the board of the Daimler-Benz AG were made in November 1955.

The development from coupe to the roadster presented the engineers with some problems. Open vehicles tend to be much heavier than their closed counterparts due to the design. Naturally, this leads to poorer driving performance which was not tolerable for that kind of car. Therefore, optimizing the weight while maintaining the stability was the biggest engineering challenge.

Today, both the Gullwing and the Roadster represent the height of German 1950s engineering and are highly regarded collectibles. For Hans Kleissl from 300 SL-expert HK-Engineering, "no sport car of the 50s still raises so much enthusiasm." Kleissl is currently preparing a book to honor the car's history.

Lean back and enjoy some of the best 300 SL Roadsters that are currently on the market, ideally with a glass of whisky or wine.

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

The Clark Gable 300 SL

Offered By HK Engineering

This beautiful Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster has been delivered to its first owner, the famous actor Clark Gable, in 1957. The full history of this car can by found in the US Gullwing Group Register. Eight years ago HK-ENGINEERING performed a full restoration on this Roadster, today it is still in superb condition. Currently it is equipped with HK-ENGINEERING five …

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1957 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster

Early Rarity In Strawberry Red

By J.D Classics

This example is very early car being one of only 554 built in the first year of manufacture. Its rarity is enhanced in view of the original Erdbeerrot, or Strawberry Red Metallic, paint it wears, which was restricted to only 30 examples...

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

California Roadster

Offered By Gullwing

1957 Mercedes 300SL roadster. Red with black leather interior. Originally born with very desirable color Blue Grey and black leather. It's been a California car all it's life. Mechanically excellent . For only  $925,000 Price in USD: 925000

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

Grey-Blue Collector’s Item

With Only 50,000 Original Miles

Beautiful Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster in grey-blue (166) with red leather(1079) first delivered via Studebaker Packard South Bend/USA to Los Angeles on 27th November 1957. The Roadster had four owners in the USA before it was sold to a Mr. Harder from Germany in 1986. He owned the SL for 27 years without driving it once. Few years ago it …

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1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Second To Last Built

Offered By Canepa

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster VIN: 198042-10-003257 Second to last 300SL built by Mercedes-Benz Alloy engine Mercedes-Benz Zertifikat, and Fahrzeug-Daten card Complete with original hardtop, luggage, books, tools, spare and jack The last run of the legendary 300 SL Roadster happened in January and February of 1963.  Twenty-six cars would be built in those two months, with the last six built in …

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1972 Clermont Ferrand, Grand Prix de France, XIV Trophée d'Auvergne – Formula 3 grid for 10 laps, the race was won by Roger Williamson for Wheatcroft Racing.

Photo by Luke Lundquist, USA - Thomas Horat Collection