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10 Collector Cars Coming to Arizona Car Week 2022

Photo: Karissa Hosek ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing (RM Sotheby’s)

Since the dawn of automobile production, a truly outstanding model has appeared only periodically to startle and capture the imagination of enthusiasts worldwide. There is perhaps no better example of this truth than the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. What started as a streamlined design quickly developed into one of the most distinctive and beautiful shapes ever rendered upon four wheels. The Gullwing’s stunning looks are matched only by its space-age engineering, incredible performance and world-beating pedigree. Alloy Bodied Gullwings are without a doubt the ultimate and most exotic production version of Mercedes-Benz’s most iconic creation. While within the consignor’s care, chassis number 5500332 has been a closely guarded prize and the centerpiece of a truly outstanding collection. The car’s original lightweight body and numbers-matching 3.0-liter NSL engine have been retained and they exhibit significant attention to factory-correct features throughout, befitting from near-exclusive maintenance by world renowned restorer Paul Russell’s famous workshop since 1975. Aside from this car’s rarity as an alloy-bodied Gullwing, its association with this restoration facility is a point of pride and desirability all its own. For the highly discerning collector, it would be difficult to find a more desirable example than this numbers-matching car.

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