A Rusty Mercedes W198 Is Sold for 800.000 Dollars

Another "time capsule" was found in the USA. However, this time we are speaking about a very exclusive and expensive car.

As ABOUTCARS found out, enthusiasts managed to find a rare classic Mercedes-Benz W198 (also known as 300SL) in the roadster body. For many years, the 1961 car was stored in one of the inconspicuous garages in Los Angeles.

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Despite the fact that the car is in poor condition, it was put up for sale for an impressive amount of $799.995 (the buyer has already been found). Such a high price is due to the fact that only Mercedes produced 1858 such roadsters. Moreover, the W198 itself is one of the greatest cars in history and one of the most desirable exhibits among collectors.

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In addition to the basic price that had to be paid for the car, the new owner will have to seriously invest in the car repair. Years of downtime are evident: the body and metal elements of the interior are heavily covered with rust, the fabric roof has turned into «rot», and the seats are completely torn. These are only visible damage.

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Though there is also good news: the car has retained its native 3-liter six-cylinder engine which produces 250 hp and 4-speed manual transmission. However, it is not clear whether the car works or not.

Anyway, there is no doubt that this Mercedes-Benz W198 will find a second life. These cars are worth their weight in gold today.

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