For Sale: 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL in Costa Mesa, California

Vehicle Description

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

• VIN 8500229
• Engine No. 8500232
• Body No. 8500228
• Transmission No. 8500233
• California car for the past 46 years
• Only 1,858 Roadsters were built from 1957 to 1963

One of 267 300SL Roadsters produced in 1958, this example was subjected to a comprehensive restoration performed by renowned 300SL expert, Jon Cumpton. Finished in its original, stunning, color scheme of White Gray (DB158) with Red leather upholstery, this 300SL Roadster features a matching-numbers engine and transmission. European delivery with European headlights and factory hard top.

Per the 300SL registry, this Roadster was purchased new Germany and was imported to the U.S. in the early 1970s. By 1976, it was sold to Edward Hermes from Oakland California. In 1983, at 86,589 km, the Roadster was sold to its subsequent owner, Steve Moore, who resided in San Francisco, California. On April 21, 2006, the Roadster was purchased by its current owner with 104,472 km. After the acquisition, the current owner enjoyed his Roadster in its original condition and drove it for over 2,559 km (approx. 1590mi.). In October of 2009, at 107,031 km, the current owner commissioned Jon Cumpton to complete a comprehensive restoration. The restoration process was approached with an open checkbook, ensuring that no stone was left unturned. During the restoration, the body was media blasted, sealed, primed, and repainted White Gray (DB158). The frame was painted and the undercarriage was completely detailed. The upholstered was finished in red leather with a black canvas soft top. A new wiring harness was installed, and all the gauges were sent out to West Valley Instrument Specialists to be rebuilt. The suspension was completely rebuilt, and re-bushed, with new shocks, installed. The braking system was restored with a new brake booster and the original wheels were sand-blasted and repainted per factory specifications. All original hardware was used and cataloged, photographed, tumbled, and recoated with black zinc. The brightwork was cataloged, photographed, triple plated, and polished to show condition.

While the Roadster was being reassembled, the driveline was sent to Van Nuys Sports Cars Inc where the driveline was rebuilt over two years between (2011-2013) and over $58,510.78 was spent. The engine was completely disassembled, and the crank was magnafluxed. New main bearings were installed, and the connecting rods were rebuilt. New pistons, valves, and cams were installed. The cylinder heads were restored with new seats, valves, and valve guides. The engine was reassembled back to factory specification. The transmission was completely disassembled and rebuilt with all new synchros and bearings. The oil and gas tanks were chemically stripped by L & M stripping in Van Nuys, California. Every aspect of this 300SL was addressed during its three-year restoration to bring it back to an exceptional standard. It retains the correctly applied factory inspection marks, clamps, hoses, and decals in the engine bay, and it is truly stunning in every respect.

Due to meticulous care, the paintwork is in remarkable condition with perfect fit and finish. The exterior features beautiful brightwork, rare European headlights, and a factory Hardtop finished in Grey with matching hub caps. The upholstery is in pristine condition throughout with factory red leather seats with matching door panels and dash. The factory steering wheel is beautifully presented with a chrome horn ring and sits ahead of VDO instrumentation and a factory Becker Mexico AM/FM radio. The radio was converted to FM with the ability to connect to an iPod. The vertical instrument cluster operates as it should and monitors gasoline level, oil pressure, oil temperature, and water temperature. The Hardtop and softtop are in outstanding condition and fit evenly with a tight seal. The 5.5" x 15" KPZ wheels are body-color centers fitted to Michelin XWX 205 75 VR 15 tires.

The number-matching 2,996cc 6-cylinder engine (M198) runs phenomenally with just over 6,902 miles since the engine rebuild. The 4-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly with a 4-wheel drum braking system. Complete with Becker radio operation instructions, Becker service manual, Mercedes-Benz service stations booklet, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster owner's manual, and complete documentation of the restoration including photographs.

Vehicle Details

  • 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
  • Listing ID: CC-1664494
  • Price: Contact Seller
  • Location:Costa Mesa, California
  • Year:1958
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:300SL
  • Exterior Color:White Gray
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:13933
  • Stock Number:MB4322
  • VIN:8500229
Listed By:
European Collectibles
1665 Babcock Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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