[tps_header]Getting behind the wheel of rare and vintage rides is no easy feat, unless of course your bank account says otherwise. If so, then you’re most likely a regular at the year around Sotheby’s auctions. Already up for grabs is a 1956 Jaguar D-Type Works ‘Long Nose’, and it could fetch a cool $5M when it hits the block.
So what can top that? How about this 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Sportabteilung’ Gullwing. And, while only 1,400 examples of the W198 Gullwing were produced over three years before it was supplanted by the 300 SL Roadster in 1957, this one just happens to be the first of four factory race prepared models.
Single family owned since 1966, it sports a 240 hp, 2,996 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder competition engine with Bosch R3 mechanical fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, modified rear swing-axle suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel ventilated drum brakes.
Rarer than the ever-valuable alloy Gullwings, this car also claims competition use by the legendary Stirling Moss at the historically significant 1956 Tour de France. Sensationally restored to its 1956 TdF livery with #149, chassis 5500640 is an important and little-known chapter in the Gullwing racing legend, possibly the most important Gullwing to ever be sold at auction.
Much like any vintage ride to hit the Sotheby’s auction block, this rarity won’t come cheap as it’s expected bring in an estimated $5 to $7M. Take a look at this beauty below.
Scheduled to be auctioned on Dec. 10th, 2015.