The 'most iconic Mercedes' auctions this weekend

We've already covered a number of the big lots at RM's Automobiles of Amelia Island auction, including a very rare Cobra CSX 2557 and the magnificent 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Alloy Berlinetta.

A pair of high-end Ferraris, each painted Giallo Fly (or Fly Yellow), a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta and a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, will also feature.

The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe

And equally impressive will be the appearance of this 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe.

The 300SL remains the most iconic automobile from Mercedes' racing program in the 1950s, and is considered by many to be the most attractive and desirable sporting automobile of its era.

This is largely down to the genius of Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who was charged with developing the company's first racing car following World War Two.

Inspired by Jaguar's light and streamlined XK120 C at Le Mans in 1951, Uhlenhaut crafted a lightweight and post-war budget conscious legendary motorcar.

The most icon automobile from Mercedes: estimated at $500k-600k

In many respects, the 300SL was born of the necessity of hard times.

Even its most distinguishing feature, the gullwing doors, are more than a mere aesthetic touch. They were developed to maintain the strength of the chassis, which required very high sides.

Issued back in the days when Lamborghini were still making tractors, the 300SL was originally priced at £4,393.

This example, chassis number 5500366, will appear at RM Auctions with an estimate of $500,000-600,000.

It goes under the hammer this coming Saturday (March 13).

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