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1986 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Recreation by Ostermeier

An Impressively Accurate 300SL Recreation by Tony Ostermeier

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Price $267,500
VIN 658761
Exterior Color Black
Interior Color Tan Leather
Mileage 16907
Engine 3.0 Litre 6-Cylinder
Transmission Automatic
Status Hidden
Stock FJ1737

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Recreation by Ostermeier
s/n 658761
Black with Tan Leather Interior

Because the 300SL Gullwing is one of the most iconic classic cars there is, it is no surprise that they are well into seven figures now. They have always been desirable, rare, and expensive, and for this reason, Tony Ostermeier opened a facility in Gardena, California called Gullwing Car Company. There, approximately 50 hand-crafted and impressively accurate Gullwing recreations were built in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They are in fact so accurate and well-made that some of his reproduction parts were used during the restorations of genuine 300SLs.

Under the skin, the cars featured modern Mercedes running gear, mostly from the contemporary W124 300E, including drivelines, suspension, brakes, and fuel-injected 3.0 liter inline-6 powerplants. The bodies were made of aluminum reinforced with aircraft epoxy/fiberglass, and steel, and the shape for it was molded off an original 300SL Gullwing to ensure the accuracy of its forms. The specification was modern, including 4-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, and full leather interiors.

This particular example has covered 16,000 miles and is in excellent overall condition, with minor paint blemishes and light weathering to the chrome. The overall visual impression is extremely strong and the look and aesthetic of the car are shockingly accurate. Even the seasoned enthusiast would peg this as a genuine 300SL based on a quick walk around the car.

The interior is quite accurate as well, although it does give a few clues as to what lies beneath the skin, including a wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel, air conditioning vents, and the automatic transmission shift quadrant. It’s in excellent condition, with very nice leather, carpets, bright trim, and accessories. The attention to detail is generally quite high and faithful, including the style of door handles, placement of the grab handle, look of the instrument faces, and many other details.

The engine compartment is clean while the trunk is quite a bit larger than an original 300SL Gullwing, which has virtually no useful space inside the trunk. Dynamically, the car is quite different from an original 300SL, with a modern, fuss-free operation that makes the car feel extremely durable and perfectly suited to daily driving, should the new owner so desire. Power steering makes maneuvering easy, and the engine starts instantly and runs smoothly. The brakes are power-assisted and very capable, and the overall driving experience is very effortless and is comparable to a contemporary R107 generation SL (1972-1989).

This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a car that captures the stunning presence of the 300SL Gullwing and a small fraction of the cost of an original. Impressively accurate in its presentation, the car is effortless and modern to drive, making an ideal combination for someone seeking to enjoy the aesthetic experience of the Gullwing as often as possible and with considerably less outlay and anxiety about what could happen to the car.

 


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