The Mercedes-Benz 300SL we found in a storage unit will soon be reborn

As Barn Find Hunter Tom Cotter drove his Woodie Wagon along the Florida coast, he knew he was about to see something special. Tom has been lucky enough to find all types of cars, and after dozens of hunts he casually mentioned how cool it would be to find a Gullwing.

And find one he did. Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours, led Tom to a storage unit where a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing had slumbered for decades. Stripped to primer for a repaint, the car never made it to the paint booth and instead went into storage.  

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing badge
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1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing AAA sticker
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1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing low
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Now the car has not only left the storage unit, now reports that it the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California bought it. The Classic Center is known for its support of classic Mercedes models, primarily through restoration and maintenance services.

It is always great to see one of the Barn Find Hunter’s star cars go on to bigger and better things. Maybe next time we see the 300SL it’ll be participating in a concours event or the Hagerty Touring Series. Either way, here’s to one more great car rescued from storage and put back on the road.

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