Prototype Gullwing found in storage unit! | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 32

After the exceptional barn-find 427 Cobra and Ferrari 275 GTB/2 from the same garage a couple of months back, we asked Tom Cotter what can potentially be left to discover. "I dunno … It would certainly be cool to locate a Gullwing." Kismet's an amusing point. With the assistance of the legendary Bill Detector, Tom makes the trip to a concealed place to open up an old storage space device. Inside? You thought it, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Not just any Gullwing, either, however a totally initial as well as unrestored instance that was the 43rd off the production line. Follow along as Tom and Costs discover this sensational slice of automobile history.

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55 Replies to “Prototype Gullwing found in storage unit! | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 32”

    1. +Shyzah: LOL. Well done! I, too, keep my mothballed computers next to a priceless car that I pay absolutely no attention to whatsoever. Pentium II >>>> Bugatti Type 57 or Merc Gullwing.

    2. Yes it is and complete with 5.25″ floppy drive with CRT monitor and 2MB RAM with elastics bands – heavenly !!!
      Wonder if it will run Office 2016 🤣🤣🤣

  1. Total waste. Nearly a million $ just getting destroyed by elements. Might as well be a toy model of one. Cannot imagine $ spent on storage fees for 60+ years. Makes no sense why it was torn apart when 2 yrs old. Story does not add up.

    1. No one does ecoboost engine swaps because ecoboost engines are poopoo. You’ll probably have to swap your ecoboost engine for anothet one after it blows up after 200k.

    1. It’s a good commodity investment to hold on to, it increases in value as money is inflating. Better to pass on this gullwing as inheritance then the money you get for it.

    2. Paul Letchworth yes and no it just depends on what it means to the person that owns it as long as it’s not in a field in the elements getting all f ed up I’m good with them keeping their property

    3. guysmalley just like me and my dads 69 chevelle I can work on them but life has a funny way of getting in the way of your dreams and something responsibilities come first , family house payments ect

  2. what a colossal waste. so sad that someone is just holding onto it to “have it” while it further deteriorates. these are the worst kind of “collectors”.

    1. yamahaxs6501 if not selling at least restore it. As the years roll by it will only need more work. All the rubber molding and wiring will have to be redone. That is just for starters compared to the amount of work an expert restorer would have to do. It is like taking a great painting and putting it in storage where nobody get to appreciate it and it decays.

    2. What’s sad is that it’s parked in a damn storage facility. I’d have this thing parked at my home so I could at least look at it every day. Sitting in primer since the late 50s? Insanity. Imagine the fun and enjoyment that could have been had with this car over the past 60 years.

    3. @The Puppet Of EverythingWith cars like these you also own the responsibilty of looking after it to preserve it for future generations. While not against the law to treat it badly, the morality of the owner is questionable.

    1. The first 50 examples of the Porsche 356 were made in Gmunde, and are regarded as prototypes, being all hand made. Later cars were full production items, made by Reutters. The Tucker Torpedo had a similar number made, also by hand, and have lots of detail variations – regarded as prototypes….

  3. If you look at the facts presented, driven for 2 years, disassembled and primered, tire choice, interior no radio option, body damage (small dents here and there), it would strongly suggest the car was bought and used for racing. I would bet somewhere there is photos of it on a track with a number painted on the hood and doors

  4. How can you say this is original whenn it has primer on it? You can restore a car to concorse condition. but lets face it, No matter how good the job, A car is ONLY original once..

    1. A respray, assuming it is top quality, only slightly detracts from “original condition”. It’s difficult to tell from the video if the interior can be salvaged, chrome looks poor, etc. Most likely a full-on restoration is required. My (amateur) guess is $450,000 – $500,000 as it sits currently. I agree it should find a new owner.

    2. @Sam All original could be referring to the body, no body damage requiring replacement. I’ve never heard of anyone shipping a car back to Germany so the factory could repaint. What would be the point, they don’t use the equipment, or the paint (lacquer i presume) at the factory. Computerized robots on an assembly line paint the bulk of cars today. it would have to be painted by a person.

  5. Grandpa, We all know is all original…even the dirt…you don’t have to repeat it so many times !! 🤦🏻‍♂️😂

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