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2013 Santa Fe Concorso Awards

Best in Class - Sports & GT 1955-59

1955 Mercedez-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe, Dick Rotto of Santa Fe, NM

Image courtesy of Tony Bonanno Photography. Visit Tony's link for over 400 photos of 2013 Concorso events.

The current owner purchased this three-owner Gullwing Coupe in 1988 after the car had been stored in a barn for the previous 11 years. This car underwent a 5,000-hour, body-off restoration, during which every part of the car was disassembled and reconditioned or replaced with authentic Mercedes-Benz original parts. The car features a 3-liter, 215-hp, mechanically fuel-injected engine, with a sport camshaft and oil cooler. Accessories installed on this Mercedes include Rudge knock-off wheels and hubs, an am/fm radio with a short-wave adapter, and matching luggage. The car has won numerous Best-of-Show and First-in-Class awards and today is believed to be one of the most authentic 300SL Gullwing Coup├ęs in the world.

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