Successive chassis numbers of the “sports car of the century”: this is nothing short of a perfect dream for international automotive collectors. And Mercedes-Benz Classic makes this dream come true for all visitors of the 24th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Two vintage models of the 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) with successive chassis numbers will be on display in a separate exhibition area of the Concours Field at this exquisite automotive classic event.
While the blue gullwing with chassis number 44 has been extensively restored over the past four years by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California, its immediate neighbor, production number 43, is shown beside it in its original “barn find” state.
“These two cars have not met for more than half a century since they were produced side by side and then went separately to customers in the United States,” says Nate Landers, chief technician at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine. A few months ago, the barn find reappeared only around 50 kilometers south of Amelia Island near Jacksonville, Florida, by pure chance.
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