That same year the car made its way to California and in 1980 it was sold to a German collector for $57,000.
By 1982 it had been through a meticulous restoration at the hands of Hill & Vaughn in Santa Monica, famed for their restorations and who were frequent winners at Pebble Beach.
It later returned to Germany and went through numerous restorations and a new paintjob, but by 2009 it was in the hands of Ken McBride, a noted Gullwing collector.Knowing the importance of an Alloy Gullwing, the car was sent to renowned 300 SL restorer Rudi & Co., who brought the car back to its original self, with the right shade of silver and blue leather interior. In 2011 the restoration was complete, boasting superior attention to detail.
The original engine remains, it sits on original chrome Rudge wheels, the luggage is properly finished in natural pig skin, the grille has the proper ‘curved star’, and even the Becker radio is correct. The Gullwing is a beautifully engineered motorcar with plenty of power and torque.
Arguably the most important road-going Mercedes of the post-war era and certainly one of the most iconic cars of all time, it’s not often one of these rare cars goes to auction, hence why more than double the expected price was paid to own a genuine piece of automobile history.