Barn Find: '55 Benz Gullwing

While the rest of us dream about things like that long-since-departed puppy we had as a child or Angelina Jolie in somethin' skimpy, classic car collectors dream of the barn find: a forgotten classic automobile sitting in a barn somewhere for decades, just waiting to be discovered. For some lucky collector, that dream will come true with this unrestored 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" coupe.

The Gullwing remains one of the most venerated of classic automobiles. It wasn't much of a performer, but the styling set it apart from anything and everything else on the road. It also had the first gasoline engine with fuel injection.

This example, with a white finish and red leather interior, was recently found in a barn where it sat in storage, undriven, for the past 30 years. It's only had one owner since 1969, and while it looks pretty beat up, that just means it's ripe for a full restoration. The car is for sale, price upon request, from Aston Martin of New England. Good examples can easily sell for $400,000, so you can bet somebody's going to snatch this one up and give it the TLC it deserves.

[Source: Aston Martin of New England & Lotus Motorsports, inc. via German Car Scene]

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