Motor Authority was able to spot a rare find on sale for auction: a 1954 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe prototype. There were only 50 of these prototypes hand-built before Mercedes’ official initial release of their vehicles in 1955.
The history of the car from production until 1962 is unknown. Experts have speculated that this particular Mercedes could be the car used in the 1955 Detroit Auto Show as the display car. The reasoning behind this speculation is that the underhood is fitted with a NSL engine, which were not used to drive the steel-bodied SLs.
The vehicle is being auctioned off on ebay instead of at one of more high-profile antique car auctions. RM Auctions did appraise the vehicle for the seller, who was told to expect as much as $1 million for it. He has started the bidding at $850,000 and is confident about the interest. As the car has been in storage for the past 30 years, it should be an excellent condition and coveted by thousands throughout the world.
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