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Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue

 

In mid-1956, sales of the 300 SL Gullwing had begun to fall, and the Mercedes board decided to develop a convertible version to serve the California market. The 300 SL Roadster, with conventional doors, was first exhibited at the Geneva Salon in May 1957. The production of an open 300 SL involved redesigning the cockpit with lower sills for improved access. The rear suspension was also updated to incorporate low-pivot swing axles. This improved handling (particularly in corners) and comfort.

The roadster weighs 125 kilograms more than the coupe; with 240 hp (179 kW), the roadster has slightly more power. Its tubular frame was modified to create more space in the boot. The spare wheel was placed under the boot floor and, combined with a smaller fuel tank, made room for custom-made fitted luggage. An optional hardtop became available in September 1958. The car remained in production until 1963 when it was replaced by the 'pagoda' SL

This Vanguards was sourced in April 2022 from a private collection

Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue
Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue
Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue Vanguards VA07800; Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; Open Top, Light Blue

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Last Edit: 04/12/2022   Page Added 25/05/2015