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Mercedes 300 SL found in a rat-infested garage

By FaezClutchless on 14 Oct 2011

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Finding an old used car, whether in a storage building or a junkyard, is something normal nowadays, especially in big countries such as the United States. But to find a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, now that is a real treasure find. A Mercedes-Benz 300SL, also known as the Mercedes Gullwing, was found in a rat-infested garage in California, USA and it is no ordinary 300SL.

This particular car was once belonged to Tom Wellmer. His parents bought him this 1955 car as a present for his college graduation. Mr. Wellmer used it until its transmission gave way and he parked it in a garage, back in 1971. That was forty years ago.

Today, he has finally let go of the car which he intended to fix up many years ago. The car has now been sent to a Canadian Mercedes Gullwing restoration expert, Rudi and Company. The restoration company owner, Mr. Rudi Koniczek, intends to restore it back to its original state before handing it over to the new owner, just like how Tom Wellmar received it many years ago. The identity of the new owner wasnít revealed.

What special about 300SL is that it is not an ordinary version. Back in the 1950s, Mercedes-Benz released 29 special lightweight alloy body gull-wing coupes with Plexiglas windows, lowered suspension, larger brakes, a high-performance camshaft and special version wheels only available on these 29 cars. Today, these special versions can fetch up to US$2.5 million dollars a piece.

According to Mr. Koniczek, he has restored some of these special cars and he knew where all the alloy-bodied cars are except for car no. 21. After clearing up part of the garage, which was filled with computer parts (Tom Wellmar was a tech executive), he took out a magnet and placed it onto the car and it didnít stick. Apparently, the search for car no. 21 is finally over.

Photo credit: Jalopnik

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TylnaBelka Oct 17 2011 05:25 AM
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