IMS Museum restored '55 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing @ Mecum Glendale

IMS Museum restored '55 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing @ Mecum Glendale

Engine 3.0L 
Trans 4-Speed 
Color Mittelgrn 
Interior Beige
Chassis no. 5500263

Purchased by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation in January 1973
Meticulous body-off restoration by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in the late-2000s
Final fit, finish and service work completed by Scott Grundfor Co. in Arroyo Grande, California in 2022
Displayed in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Collection periodically from 2015-2020
Shown as part of the museum's Basement Collection when not displayed on the main floor

1 of 1,400 produced between 1954 and 1957
U.S. market example shipped from the factory on April 30, 1955
Delivered to Mercedes-Benz Distributors of New York

The only known example delivered in Mittelgrn over Green and Gray leather
Original matching numbers rebuilt 3.0L fuel injected Inline 6-cylinder engine
Engine block thermal cleaned, bored and honed by Schmidt Automotive Machine Shop of Indianapolis in 2007
Fuel injection pump rebuilt by Pacific Fuel Injection of San Francisco in 2008
4-speed manual transmission
Mittlgrn (DB-229G) exterior

Refinished in Beige leather sourced from Landwerlen Leather Co. of Indianapolis
Seats, dash pad, transmission tunnel and sills trimmed in leather
Square weave carpets
Correct black rubber footwell mats
Green painted dashboard
Powdercoated frame by Indy Powder Coating of Speedway, Indiana
New body and window seals
Polished brightwork and refinished chrome accents
Sealed-beam headlights
Refinished engine bay
New rubber suspension components
Body-color steel wheels with body color and chrome hubcaps
Michelin tires
Period-correct Michelin X spare tire
Copy of the factory build sheet
Restoration photos and documentation
Correspondence between previous owners
Service receipts from Scott Grundfor Co.
Original belly pans and spare parts