Mercedes-Benz takes great pride in preserving the heritage of the brand and taking care of its vintage models.
No doubt one of the most iconic automotive designs ever is the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 'Gullwing' Coupe.
And for our expert restorers here at the Classic Center, it is one of the greatest pleasures when we get to piece back together such a timeless masterpiece during a complete, frame-off restoration.
To share this moment with you, we have put together this gallery documenting a milestone moment, the merger of the freshly restored chassis and drive train of this very early production 300 SL, the 44th Gullwing ever made.
This chassis will be on display at Amelia Island this weekend.
Some of you who read our printed magazine may remember a letter from a reader recounting the unfortunate tale about how he destroyed his Pagoda SL's hardtop roof. He was obviously gutted about it, but can you imagine if he'd done that with this 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster? Finding one with a hard top is rare and replacing it will probably pay for a Pagoda SL in itself. Still, let hope the new owner of this 300 SL – this one's up for grabs with Bonhams at its Quail Lodge sale later this year – has better luck than our chum with the Pagoda.
What embarassing garage/workshop incidents have you had? Let us know below...