Survivor: 1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SL

We are on the subject of comparing Mercedes Benz 300 SL survivors anyways, how about a little overkill with one more feature of the story of two 1961 300 SL’s? We don’t have a lot of information on either one other than the photos this time around, but the final numbers tell the tale of these two that were both sold by Gooding & Company in 2011.
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Apparently, but unsurprisingly the unrestored car was gathering more attention at the auction than all of the other perfect show cars at the Scottsdale event in 2011.
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The hammer dropped at $951,500 for the original car that year in comparison to $852,500 for the fully restored example at Pebble Beach the same year.
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In comparison to yesterday’s 300 SL showdown, drop tops historically have always sold for less than their gull wing kin, although we always prefer open top motoring to enclosed, if anybody were to ask.
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Find it here at:

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/03/23/mercifully-aged-1961-mercedes-300-sl-roadster/
And here:
http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1961-mercedes-benz-300-sl-roadster-4/

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