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Missing Competition Special Mercedes Gullwing Found

By September 20, 2011

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Mercedes Gullwing

From 1955 through 1957, Mercedes-Benz produced over 1300 300 SL Gullwing coupes in Stuttgart, and of those 29 were alloy-bodied competition specials.  The standard 300 SL steel-body coupes had alloy doors, hood and trunk lid, but the competition specials had an all-alloy body, along with Plexiglas windows for lighter weight. Mercedes also fitted them with revised and lowered suspension, a high-lift camshaft, knockoff Rudge wheels and bigger brakes.

For decades only 28 of these super cars were accounted for...until now.

The Vancouver Sun reported that well-known restorer of Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadsters and gullwing sports cars, Rudi Koniczek, tracked down and purchased the missing SL in Santa Monica, California. The original owner of #21 of 29 had the car stashed in his garage for over 40 years.

Koniczek, having restored the competition specials #1 through #6 at his Victoria, British Columbia-based shop, Rudi and Company , is reported to already have a buyer lined up to take possession once the new found Gullwing is brought back to its original condition.

Read the full story:  Classic Car Mystery Solved

Photo - Courtesy of Rudi Koniczek

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May 3, 2012 at 9:12 am
(1) Omar says:

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