Owning a classic car often means wanting to maintain total originality. And one of the most classic cars of all time is the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which was available as either a convertible or its more famous twin, the ‘Gullwing’ Coupe.
Officially, the two models were known as the Coupe (gullwing) and Roadster (convertible) and were produced in limited numbers between 1954-57 (Coupe) and 1955-63 (Roadster). How limited? Just 1400 Coupes rolled off Merc’s Stuttgart-Untertürkheim plant in West Germany, while a total of 1858 Roadsters were produced. Little wonder then, both models attract huge prices at auction.
Prices for Roadsters regularly exceed AU$1 million while the even more desirable Gullwing Coupe can sell for multiple millions, with listings usually followed by the ubiquitous P.O.R. or P.O.A. acronyms. The old adage of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”, applies.
All Mercedes-Benz cars of that era came equipped with a toolkit, assembled specifically for each model, allowing owners to perform routine maintenance. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was no different.
Now, one such toolkit is being offered on online auction site, Bring A Trailer, the seller painstakingly assembling an original toolkit – or as near as possible – for the legendary sports car.
The kit includes all the tools you need to keep your 300 SL in tip-top shape, with a set of open-ended spanners and a drain plug wrench by Dowidat, a Felo DBGM driver handle and bits, Heyco pliers, Allen keys, a tommy bar, sockets, a fuel injection pump line tool, a wheel removal fork, a box of fuses, and a Messko Hauser tyre pressure gauge.
According to Bring A Trailer, the kit was assembled by the seller from various sources over a period of several years according to the 'Typ 300 SL List of Equipment', and comes in a reproduction vinyl and canvas roll.
Four double open-ended spanners are cast with Mercedes-Benz lettering and range in size from 8mm to 19mm. A 6/7mm combination spanner and a single-ended 12mm version from Dowidat are also included.
Three Allen keys stamped with Inbus and Klein. A driver handle with reversible Felo DBGM Phillips and flat-blade inserts is also pictured along with a Dowidat drain plug wrench.
But perhaps the most striking component is the 4-bar Messko-Hauser tyre pressure gauge, housed in its own vinyl-covered wooden box bearing the Mercedes-Benz tri-star logo. It, on its own, is a work of automotive art.
Other items in the toolkit include Heyco adjustable pliers, accompanied by shorter blunt-nosed set with an integrated cutter, a wheel-mounting fork, a plastic fuse holder from Mercedes-Benz Classic, and a reproduction equipment list detailing what the original Typ 300 SL toolkit contained.
It might not be a classic Benz you can drive, but as a piece of automotive ephemera, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL toolkit is a work of art in its own right.
Bidding currently sits at US$2600 (AU$3365) with five days remaining.