1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL “Roadster''
Make Mercedes Benz
Chassis No. 300SL/198.042-7500229
Engine No. 198.980.7500107
Body No. 7500131
Final Drive Ratio 3.89:1
Exterior Paint DB 608 A “Elfenbein / Ivory''
Interior color “Grünes Leder 1073 / Green Leather''
Completed September 27th, 1957
Shipping Method Rail to Port of Hamburg, Germany
Then, Special Wood “Sea Crate” by Ocean Vessel to Port of Newark, New .....
Invoiced To Mercedes Benz Distributors Ltd., New York via Studebaker Packard, South Bend, Indiana
Selling Agent Mercedes Benz Distributors Ltd., New York via Studebaker Packard, South Bend, Indiana
Invoiced New To Burklein Motors, Beverly Hills, CA
Mileage 43,382 Miles
“Sonderausstattung” Special equipment / Options:
-Special Paint Interior “Elfenbein / Grünes Leder''
-Optional 3.89:1 Final Drive Ratio
-Gauges Calibrated in English Units
-Sealed Beam USA / North America Market Lighting Equipment
-Becker Mexico Radio, Amplifier, Loudspeaker & Antenna
-1 Kilogram of extra “Elfenbein” Lacquer Paint
-Windshield Washing Equipment
-Special Wood “Sea Crate” for Ocean Shipping
-Burklein Motors / Family Beverly Hills, California 1957-2009
-Cyril “Claude” Mischler Scottsdale, Arizona 2009-2013
-Charles Spielman San Diego, California 2013-2019
This particular 300SL Roadster, is an extremely early production example competed under a special order, special request by Max Hoffmann's Mercedes Benz Distributors Ltd., New York, via his Studebaker Packard, South Bend, Indiana distribution center. This was sequentially the 152nd production 300SL Roadster out of 618 built in 1957 and out of a total production of 1,858 units. (Production ran from 1957-1963.)
The order requested the extremely rare and unique colors of “Elfenbein” with ''Grünes Leder'' interior. This literally translates simply to “Ivory” with “Green Leather'' interior. The soft top was also finished in a matching green color combination. While these colors were available as regular catalog offerings, it appears that very few were completed new in these highly complementary colors. The order further specified the vehicle would be fitted with the taller, optional 3:89:1 final drive ratio. The standard ration was 3.64:1 which allowed the Roadster to achieve 146mph. The optional 3.89:1 axle assembly reduced top speed from 146 to 137mph but it shaved a full second off of acceleration through the gears allowing much livelier and sportier performance. Additional options included USA / North American Market equipment in form of lighting, bumpers and gauges calibrated in English unites. A Becker Mexico radio, speaker, amplifier and antenna system, extra paint and special “Seakrate” for ocean shipping were also provided.