1956 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Replica Coupe

These amazingly high-quality Gullwing replicas were built on a modern Mercedes-Benz 300E chassis using aluminum reinforced with aircraft epoxy/fiberglass and steel. The quality and attention to detail of these cars under the ownership of Tony Ostermeier were so impressive that many of their parts were eventually purchased and used on authentic 300SL coupes and roadsters. In fact, the reproduction pieces were so good that even Mercedes-Benz in Germany bought them. This particular car is a very early example from just before Ostermeier bought the tooling in 1982. At the time, it was sold under the American Gull-wing Car Company banner. Buyers got the choice of four colors, and this silver car was featured in AutoWeek in 1981 as well as at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 1984.

Later cars had Mercedes drivetrains, but this car has a Chrysler slant-six coupled to a four-speed gearbox, a combination that is actually more similar to the original 300SL. It also has a red leather interior, air conditioning and custom-fitted luggage in the rear. As these fantastic and very rare replicas have become collectible in their own right, this example received a full restoration that began in 2009. The restoration was to very high standards that would be appropriate on a real Gullwing, and as a result is in spectacular condition. It has also only covered 250 miles since the restoration was completed.

Only a few dozen of these cars were ever made, and since many were sold to Germany or Japan, this pre-Ostermeier example is one of only a handful in the United States. These Gullwing replicas almost never come up for sale, and this car's exquisite presentation and attractive color combination make it all the more desirable.

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