The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California just took delivery of a particularly interesting piece of automotive history: a 300 SL that, by the looks of it, has spent quite some time sitting in a garage and that is now about to be restored.

This 300 SL is owned by a 93-year old gentleman from Newport Beach and after spending at least the past 20 years in a garage is now in desperate need of restoration. In order to be able to pass this vehicle on to his heirs in perfect condition, the Classic Center has been commissioned to proceed with a complete, ‘nut and bolt’ restoration of the car – no doubt a stiff piece of work. Even in such a barn find condition, a 300 SL is worth in between $400,000 – 500,000.

I full restoration like this can take anywhere between 2 and 3 year, depending on the condition of the bodywork underneath the paint and primer.
Once completed, this vehicle will easily be worth $1.5 million, judging by various auction results in 2012. The cost of the restoration itself is not being communicated.

The owner from Newport Beach is actually the original owner of this 300 SL. He took delivery of the car in 1956. The vehicle appears to be a very rare if not unique example of a 300 SL where the dashboard was not painted in body color – the car was original white with black leather interior but was delivered with a black dashboard. At some point the car was repainted red, with the dashboard remaining original black.

Source: Mercedes-Benz Classic Center Irvine/USA