Here we are in the year 2017, and with all our technological advancements, we’re still waiting for a mass-produced flying car. And will likely keep waiting. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a car with wings… from 1955.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing was and is still a gorgeous auto, sporting those characteristic wing doors. And while it doesn’t fly, it would be one hell of a trophy for any classic car aficionado. As luck would have it, a meticulously maintained example of this very Mercedes is up for auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 20th to 21st (it’s expected to fetch something north of $900,000). Now’s a fine time to visit Scottsdale regardless, so you might as well cash in your 401K and drive yourself home in a rare old car.
Introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show, the 300 SL became the world’s fastest production car. And with only 1,400 gullwing models coming off the line, it’s not something you’re likely to see parked next to you at Starbucks.
The version you see here comes from a single owner—a rarity with a vehicle that’s 60 years old—and is one of the only examples you’ll find that hasn’t undergone a significant restoration. Instead, it’s sporting most of its original parts and features, including the three-liter inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox and upholstery. Wear and tear is low, with just over 31,000 miles on that engine—though it hasn’t been started in awhile, so will need some care. Add-ons include new instrumentation, fog lamps and, best of all, an eight-track player.
So it probably won’t sync to your phone.