The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing was so many, many things: an engineering tour de force, a genuine racing car for the open road, and one of the world’s fastest automobiles of its era. What made it most memorable, however, was it was the first sports car to be a genuine, recognizable status symbol, just as a Tiffany diamond or Cartier watch instantly identifies its possessor as a person of wealth, means, and impeccable taste. Its appeal transcended traditional barriers between old and new money simply because everyone who saw one wanted one. Clark Gable and Juan Peron; Sophia Loren and Pat Boone; the Aga Khan and Briggs Cunningham–whether you were born to royalty or had ascended to it on your own, the 300 SL was the must-have accessory of the mid-1950s. Throwing open one of the iconic gullwing doors meant more than arriving to the party; it meant that one had arrived in the world. The Gullwing offered here was completed 5 August 1955 and shipped to the distributors in New York 20 days thereafter wearing its original color combination of Medium Blue (350) over Light Gray leather interior (955). It later made its way over the Atlantic to England, where it was offered for sale in June 1969 by R.B. Cole of Beckham, Kent, whose name appears in its entry in both the Eric LeMoine and Gull Wing Group Registers. Subsequently the car made its way back to the United States and was acquired by Craig McFarland of Carmel, California, in 1989. Mr. McFarland commissioned the 300 SL’s restoration by the respected Jerry Hjeltness of Hjeltness Restorations in Escondido. The project would last the next two years The body was restored with proper leaded seams as original, preserving much of the original sheet metal with the exceptions of the rocker panels and repairs to the quarter panels. Fire Brigade Red—one of the most famous 300 SL colors—was chosen and carefully applied using long-lasting urethane finish. The engine was properly rebuilt and great attention was paid to returning all aspects of the car’s mechanical systems to their correct original condition. Finalizing the restoration were the installation of a proper Becker Mexico radio and the creation of two pieces of correct fitted luggage by the Gullwing Service Company of Essex, Massachusetts, to original patterns in leather matching the new interior. Further, the car—which has been well preserved and maintained since completion of the work—is offered with correct tools and a tool bag acquired for the car during the restoration, as well as aluminum belly pans, a reproduction instruction manual for the model, and a copy of its factory data card. A well-maintained, quality restoration in among the most instantly recognizable hues for the model, this Gullwing allows a new owner to join the rarefied ranks of 300 SL owners, past and present—a diverse club of trendsetters, heads of state, and captains of industry, united by one uniquely potent symbol of success Now offered to you by a private collector here in Canada with the ability to assure you pure confidence in the sale!This car is a true example of Rembrandt in the collector car world... JERRY HJELTNESS, OWNER OF HJELTNESS RESTORATION, INC., began his love affair with the MERCEDES 300SL in 1957 when he made the decision that he would one day own one. He bought his first Gullwing in 1960. In 1961 he detailed the engine compartment of his Gullwing and this was the beginning of the demand for his expertise. After working out of his garage on his hobby for twenty-three years, the list of people waiting for his services was such that he opened his own business in 1984. Jerry has now completed more than 50 full body-off restorations. Each car has been lovingly disassembled and remanufactured. In addition he has done partial restorations on at least another forty. Each automobile that is completed by HJELTNESS RESTORATION, INC. is a work of art, both cosmetically and mechanically. Jerry consistently wins top awards in all concours where his cars are shown. The Hjeltness Restoration Team The Hjeltness Restoration Team of Master Technicians Jerry, his son Eric, and all the employees have become known as masters of detail in restoring fine automobiles and they are considered authenticity experts. Jerry’s reputation as being one of the best in his field has been established almost entirely through word of mouth referrals, rather than advertising. His motto, PRIDE IN PERFECTION, reflects his expectations of himself and his employees. In addition to full restorations, Jerry services the 300SL, including refurbishing brake systems, detailing engines and chassis, overhauling engines and drive trains, and body, paint and upholstery work. The book, MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL, by Dennis Adler, features many photos of Jerry’s shop and some of the automobiles he has restored. In addition, chapter 7 features information about Jerry and his restoration talent. In 1995 a forty-seven minute video which was produced for the History Channel about the history of the Mercedes-Benz automobile was partially filmed featuring Jerry and his restoration shop. Jerry has been a member of the Gull Wing Group International and The Mercedes-Benz Club of North America for many years.....Read Less
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing was so many, many things: an engineering tour de force, a genuine racing car for the open road, and one of the world’s fastest automobiles of its era. What made it most memorable, however, was it was the first sports car to be a genuine.....Read More
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