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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Chassis no. 198.040.6500296
Engine no. 198.980.6500296
Coachbuilder Mercedes-Benz
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1956
Manufacturing
1956
1st and current chassis no. 198.040.6500296
1956
1st body
Coachbuilder: Mercedes-Benz
Colour: Black
1956
1st and current engine no. 198.980.6500296
Manufacturer: MERCEDES-BENZ (DE)
1956
1st interior
Material: Leather/cloth
Seats: Rot mit MB-Tex cream, or red and cream plaid, interior
From 4th December 1956
to 1970
Owner: Robert Kruger P. (US)
Note: It was delivered new on 4 December 1956 to Southern California. It was originally painted Black DB40 with a Rot mit MB-Tex cream, or red and cream plaid, interior
1970
2nd and current interior
Material: Leather
Seats: Red
From 1970
to 1980
Owner: Don Ricardo (US)
Famous owner: The NBC Orchestra band leader
Note: It was once part of the noted collection of Don Ricardo, who prior to his passing in 2001, was the premiere Mercedes-Benz collector on the West Coast of the United States. Ricardo’s astounding collection included an all-original 500 K, which he drove regularly in Los Angeles, and a 1913 Benz, as well as many gullwings, one of which he had raced at Bonneville
1970
2nd and current body
Coachbuilder: Mercedes-Benz
Type: Fixhead coupe
Colour: Silver
From 1980
to 1985
Owner: Dick Smothers
Famous owner: Richard Remick "Dick" Smothers is an American actor, comedian, composer and musician. He is best known for being half of the musical comedy team the Smothers Brothers, with his older brother Tom
Note: After leaving the Ricardo fleet, this car was acquired by Dick Smothers, who, The Smothers brothers had diverse interests, investing their screen income into a winery and a carefully chosen collection of wonderful cars, amongst which was this 300 SL
From 1985
to 1998
Owner: Unknown
Note: It eventually left the Smothers stable and made its way through several collections in Switzerland
From 1998
to 2013
Plate: FH2495
Country: PT
From 1998
to 2013
Owner: Ricardo Oliveira (PT)
Famous owner: Financial manager
Note: Mr. Oliveira worked as a financial director of BPN/SLN group and was involved in a financial/real estate scandal which led to the seizure of 74 Mercedes-Benz cars that were - all or some of them - on display in the Mercedes Museu in the town of Maia
From 2000
to 2005
Owner: Unknown
2005
Plate: TI1471
Country: CH
From 2005
to currently
Owner: Private collection
2008
Bibliography: Unknown author, Register Mercedes 300 Sl Coupè\gullwing , Unknown publisher, n.p. 2008
2013
23rd July 2013
Press review: Unknown author, "Carros Raros Dao Colecao Milionaria A Empresario", Correio da Manha , 07-2013
8th September 2013
Event: RM Auctions - London
Locality: London (GB)
Note: Lot. 162 Sold for £ 739,200 Car sold in the auction "The ultimate Mercedes-Benz Collection" belonged to portoguese Ricardo Oliveira.
9th September 2013
Press review: Santos Ferreira Ines, "Ro Collections Em Leilao No Primeiro Dia Do Evento Em Battersea Totaliza Mais De 8 Milhoes De Libras", Jornal dos Classicos , 09-2013
From 17th May 2016
to 22nd May 2016
Event: Mille Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #403
Driver: Paolo Bianchi (MC)
Co-Driver: Giacomo Bottacchi (IT)
Results / Prizes: 315th OA
November 2018
Bibliography: Binelli Sandro, Mille Miglia's Chassis - The Ultimate Opus Volume I , Automotive Masterpieces Srl, Genova 2018