A Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold for $3.7 millions (€3,143,400 euros) at an auction at Artcurial Le Mans Classic 2018 Sale. Pre-auction estimates were between $1.8 and $2.4 million.
Following the fifth edition of the classic-cars auction, the 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster thus becomes the most expensive ever acquired, doubling the auction world-record price for the classic car.
The Roadster had a single owner up to this moment. It belonged to a Swedish actor that has never driven it much, since the odometer on the all-original automobile reads just 1.372 kilometers (852 miles). The exterior white paint and black roof show no signs of rust and the original red leather that wraps the interior looks impeccable. The explanation for its flawless looks is that car spent most of its lifetime inside a climate-controlled garage.
Archives show that it is the 300SL Roadster with the lowest mileage currently existing. The car features an aluminum engine block and four-wheel disc brakes.
A higher-mileage 300 SL Gullwing from the same owner sold for $1,195,576 (€1,013,200), both being the most expensive vehicles sold at the auction. A 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB4/Daytona Group IV (estimated at $8 – 9.3 million) and a 2012 Aston Martin One-77 Q-Edition (estimated at $2 million) failed to sell, leaving all the laurels for the three-pointed star models.