Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Barn Finds
Some refer to it as the finest automotive event on the East Coast, but it is formally known as Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
For this year’s event, which ran from March 7th-March 10th 2019 featured a very special vehicle. Presented on the Concours Field, was a pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” examples in their own exhibit area. The chassis, numbered 43 and 44, were built directly next to each other in the factory back in 1954. Now they’ve been reunited thanks to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. It is said that they were probably taken off the road sometime in the 1960s and sanded down to prepare for a paint job that never came about. The Gullwing numbered 44, was restored by Mercedes-Benz’s Classic Center in Irvine, California, to its original 1954 look. Restored in 2018, chassis number 43 was originally shipped to Miami in 1954 and was only registered for ten years. Everything about this car is completely original, from the body, the glass, leather interior, drivetrain, and wheels, to the special Englebert tires. The only thing that has changed, is the finish of the body. Originally, the car was painted a radiant blue shade. The paintwork was then sanded down and primed before progress came to a halt. The pent went unfinished until Mercedes-Benz’ recent restoration. Chassis number 44 was restored to the original condition that it once flaunted, some 5 decades ago.
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is truly one of the most well known and glamorous events for classic automobiles. Each year, the finest cars from all over the world are brought to this event, to be judged in different categories by a panel of jurors.
Be sure to attend this event next year when it begins on March 5, 2020, to see what vehicles will be brought then! At Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown, we pride ourselves in our work to continue on the legacy that Mercedes-Benz has created over the years. If you are in the Village of the Branch area shopping for groceries at Uncle Giuseppe’s or grabbing a crepe at Crazy Crepe, be sure to stop by Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown to see what deals we are having! Call or visit us today so that we can help you join our family!