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    My kind of barn find - 300SL Gullwing Aluminium Body



    In case you think all of the good barn finds are gone, here’s one that may literally be for the record books when all is said and done: an original-owner, alloy-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gullwing coupe.

    Rudi Koniczek knows a thing or two about gullwings, having restored quite a few of them over the years at his Victoria, British Columbia-based shop, Rudi and Company. He also knows that of the 29 alloy-bodied competition specials built by Stuttgart, only 28 had been accounted for, with number 21 on the M.I.A. list for quite some time. With restorations of alloy body numbers one through six under his belt, he was hardly a stranger to those rare models either.

    Rumors of the unaccounted-for 300 SL residing in a Santa Monica, California, garage had teased Koniczek and a California-based friend for years. But as the Vancouver Sun reported recently, after locating the owner – who knew what he had buried in his garage – Koniczek was eventually able to make a deal, knowing that he would very likely be able to find a buyer for the car once it was restored.

    Owner Tom Wellmer’s parents had given him the car in 1955 as a gift for his college graduation. He drove it until the early 1970s when the transmission failed. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: After partially disassembling the car with the intention to fix it, Wellmer let it sit… for four decades. And while it sat, he continued to accumulate stuff in his garage.

    So even after making a deal with the owner, Koniczek still couldn’t see the car, as it was parked in a garage jam-packed with old mainframe computers. Wellmer had been an executive in the computer industry during its infancy and collected the machines as they were retired. According to Koniczek associate Robert Dening of Spirited Automobiles, it took Koniczek, “his friend and three hired laborers two 10-hour days just to clear enough space around the car to walk around it.”

    But once he could get close to the car, Koniczek was able to confirm the alloy body with a simple sweep of a magnet that had no attraction at all to the Gullwing rarity. It took yet another day of heavy lifting to clear enough space to get at all of the removed parts stored on shelves in the back of the garage.

    Although standard 300 SL steel-body coupes had alloy doors, hood and trunklid, the lightweight models had an all-alloy body, along with Plexiglas windows, for lighter weight. Mercedes-Benz also fitted them with revised and lowered suspension, a high-lift camshaft, knockoff Rudge wheels and bigger brakes.

    Koniczek now has the car in his Victoria shop and Dening reports that a buyer has already been lined up, ironically enough in Santa Monica. While they reported no sale price, alloy-bodied gullwings are valued well into the seven figures. Considering the one-owner provenance, this car will surely break that barrier as well.

    It’s good to know that even if it seems that all of the good ones are taken when it comes to barn finds, something as spectacular as this 300 SL shows up.


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    Shame it's blue.
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    I would buy and restore that, if I had the money. Old SLs are really high on my list these days.
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    Talk about the find of the 21st century. That is truly epic and astonishing. I love those SL's and if I ever win the lotto jackpot with enough cash in the bank I would so buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aston Martin View Post
    Shame it's blue.
    And what the fuck is wrong with that? It's a god damn 300SL. In a barn. I don't care if it's pink, GIMMIE!
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    Holy crap. That's brilliant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aston Martin View Post
    Shame it's blue.
    It's gonna need to be repainted anyway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilpav View Post
    It's gonna need to be repainted anyway...
    Yeah but by the books concourse restorations are always to the original spec, even if it's a color that is not as desirable. For my money though, blue looks the sex on almost any car way less plain than silver or red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorJesus View Post
    Yeah but by the books concourse restorations are always to the original spec, even if it's a color that is not as desirable. For my money though, blue looks the sex on almost any car way less plain than silver or red.
    Yes, blue is underutilized.
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    And possibly a rare color for that model? Could bump the value up even more...

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    Not sure it is blue, could also be black & phone camera.

    Then again...








    I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCat360 View Post
    Yes, blue is underutilized.
    I would have thought that after black and silver, blue was the most popular colour.



    So pretty it hurts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorJesus View Post
    Best college graduation present ever.
    Print that article, send it to your parents and write "just a hint" on it ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Interrobang View Post
    Print that article, send it to your parents and write "just a hint" on it ...
    Knowing their trollness, they'll get me a 83 Civic that has been sitting in a garage since the early 90s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorJesus View Post
    Knowing their trollness, they'll get me a 83 Civic that has been sitting in a garage since the early 90s.
    With any luck, it'll even be blue
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorJesus View Post
    Knowing their trollness, they'll get me a 83 Civic that has been sitting in a garage since the early 90s.
    Just pray it is a low mileage rare JDM MUGEN MINE TYPE-R LIMITED BANZAI DORIFTO GODZILLA F-SPEC model and you could make a decent profit out of that.

    Around 300 USD, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Fence View Post
    Just pray it is a low mileage rare JDM MUGEN MINE TYPE-R LIMITED BANZAI DORIFTO GODZILLA F-SPEC model and you could make a decent profit out of that.[...]
    Actually if you could find an unmolested Civic of the mid-80ies in good condition ... the only way the value of it will go is up ... and who knows what some Nutheads would pay for a 1980ies Civic in original condition in 2030something. There hardly aren´t any around now (unmolested) ... they might be akin to the last unicorn then ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Interrobang View Post
    Actually if you could find an unmolested Civic of the mid-80ies in good condition ... the only way the value of it will go is up ... and who knows what some Nutheads would pay for a 1980ies Civic in original condition in 2030something. There hardly aren´t any around now (unmolested) ... they might be akin to the last unicorn then ...
    Oh yes, unmolested "classic ricer cars" are shooting up, see Golf 1 & 2 GTI for example.

    This one will shoot up like crazy too: http://www.nettiauto.com/opel/calibra/2577805
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    <Ice> They're ok. I wouldn't say they're nice.


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