Restoring or preserving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is possible with new factory quality body parts and original specification upholstery from Mercedes Benz Classic.
The most important body parts of the famed Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing (W198) are once again available new in factory quality. These are produced for Mercedes Benz Classics and may be ordered by part number through practically any Mercedes Benz dealer anywhere in the world. Similarly, upholstery cloth in the original patterns from the 300 SL (W 198, 1954 to 1957) series sports car is reproduced by the original supplier according to their original specification. Rear-end center sections are around €3000 while rear panelling is nearer €15,000. The cloth upholstery made of sheep’s wool cost less than €200 per running meter.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Body Parts
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) is still one of the world’s dream cars. Between 1954 and 1957, just 1,400 units were built of the famous “Gullwing”, which was voted “Sports Car of the Century” in 1999. The conservation of these valuable vehicles sometimes requires key body parts. Mercedes-Benz Classic has now reproduced these parts, with others in preparation.
The body parts meet the high standards of Daimler AG and can be ordered by their part number from any Mercedes-Benz sales partner. Their surfaces are electrophoretically painted, which assures the highest technical and visual standards. The prices include VAT.
- Front panelling left (A198 620 03 09 40), 11,900 euros
- Front panelling right (A198 620 04 09 40), 11,900 euros
- Rear panelling left (A198 640 01 09 40), 14,875 euros
- Rear panelling right (A198 640 02 09 40), 14,875 euros
- Rear-end center section (A198 647 00 09 40), 2,975 euros
- Rear-end floor (A198 640 00 61 40), 8,925 euros
The metal parts are produced for Mercedes-Benz Classic by a certified supplier, whose expertise includes the highly complex construction of tools from optimised 3D data from original bodies. Metal parts produced on these tools are then worked into their final shape by hand using wooden mallets – another special process. The result of this symbiosis between state-of-the-art production technology and traditional craftsmanship is a high accuracy of fit that minimises the need for subsequent work on the vehicle.
The precise 3D tool data also provide the basis for quality inspection by means of painstaking false colour comparison. The measuring tool receives the data as a reference and uses false colours to visualise the measured deviations between the desired state and the actual state, thus making it possible for the measurement results to be unambiguously and quickly interpreted.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Reproduction Upholstery in Correct Specification
Mercedes-Benz Classic has now arranged for the original patterns from the 300 SL (W 198, 1954 to 1957) series sports car to be reproduced by the original supplier according to their original specification. The fabrics can be ordered from any Mercedes-Benz sales partner.
Three chequered upholsteries with the code numbers L1 (blue-grey), L2 (red-green) and L3 (green-beige) for seat cushions and seat backrests were available ex factory for the legendary 300 SL “Gullwing”. They were combined, for example, on the seat side bolsters and seat backs, with MB-Tex in blue, beige and green. Leather upholstery was available as an alternative for an additional charge of DM 600.
This reproduction of the chequered upholsteries is Mercedes-Benz Classic’s response to the popular request from owners of the legendary sports car for the original specification of the interior material. As was the case at the premiere of the “Gullwing” model in 1954 the three fabrics correspond to the original delivery specification of the then Daimler-Benz AG, and are therefore made from 100-percent high-quality wool yarn. When it came to determining the exact colours and patterns, Mercedes-Benz Classic worked closely with the Design department in Sindelfingen – which is also historically authentic.
All three original standard equipment variants L1, L2 and L3 can be ordered from any Mercedes-Benz sales partner by the metre with the following part numbers:
- Blue-grey chequered design (L1): A 000 983 44 86 / 5000
- Red-green chequered design (L2): A 000 983 44 86 / 3000
- Green-beige chequered design (L3): A 000 983 44 86 / 6000
The price per metre with a useful width of 1,400 millimetres is EUR 184.45 including VAT.
Variant L1 was delivered in nearly 80 percent of the 300 SL models with a fabric interior produced from 1954 to 1957. This made the blue-grey chequered gabardine fabric the most popular interior design of all in the 300 SL “Gullwing” – even coming in ahead of the leather variant ordered most frequently. The second most popular fabric pattern was variant L2 at nearly 14 percent, whilst variant L3 was only ordered with a frequency of about 6 percent.
Sheep’s wool not only corresponds to the original specification, it also has numerous functional advantages. The fibre is breathable, offers natural moisture management and thus creates a pleasant seat climate, especially on long journeys. For wool can absorb up to a third of its own weight in moisture and always remains odour-neutral.
The combed yarn consists mainly of longer, and mostly fine fibres which are aligned consistently and in parallel. A fabric made from it is therefore of high quality. The German original supplier has again produced the new upholsteries for the 300 SL in four-ply double-weave twill, creating a very robust material. The fabrics meet the supply specifications of the then Daimler-Benz AG with regard to wear- and scuff-resistance, lightfastness and flammability.
Prices of a Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing are currently at auction mostly between $1,000,000 and $1,500,000 depending on condition and provenance. Several are likely to be available at the Monterey Week auctions in August.