The 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster has resided in the same family from new, and has clocked a remarkable 380,000 miles

Published : Thursday, September 29, 2022, 12:31 pm
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RM Sotheby’s will present a remarkable 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster through Sotheby’s Sealed, RM Sotheby’s proprietary online auction platform, which has become the platform for auctioning pinnacle automobiles, next month. This late production, disc brake, alloy block roadster has been in the same family from new, first being collected from the factory by Ron Cushway and now residing in the hands of his son, Martin Cushway.

Mark Donaldson, Director of Private Sales EMEA, says, “I am delighted that we have been entrusted to offer the Cushway 300 SL through Sotheby’s Sealed. The car and the legacy it carries really does reflect the true definition of motoring enjoyment and the allure of owning such a wonderful car. That the single-owner family has been so technically knowledgeable and diligent is not only a compliment to them but also to the exceptional, original Mercedes-Benz engineering. This wonderful 300 SL has been maintained ‘by the book’ from day one and as such has covered its 380,000 miles with astounding reliability. I’d like to think the journeys and the memories they have created will now continue in the hands of the next fortunate custodian.”

- A group of people standing around a car

Over the years, this 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster has been updated to make it a perfectly usable daily driver with features such as ABS, which are all reversible. It was collected at the factory by Ron Cushway, who had a deep passion for the 300 SL and drove it on extensive rallies and tours across Europe with his wife Trudy. Ron also meticulously serviced and maintained the car himself, meaning it was always well prepared for the adventure ahead. The couple continued to drive and enjoy the car regularly throughout the remainder of their lives. Prior to Ron passing, ownership of the car was handed over to his son, Martin Cushway, who, having been around 300 SLs since a child, founded his own workshop specialising in 300 SLs. Martin Cushway Engineering is now regarded as the UK’s foremost 300 SL specialist and looks after dozens of 300 SLs for an international client base.

This remarkable example is accompanied by extensive history files, documents, and photos from throughout its life, chronicling the car’s story even before its purchase, including the original order form and a photograph of Mrs. Cushway disembarking the plane in Stuttgart to collect the 300 SL Roadster from the factory. It is quite possibly the highest mileage 300 SL in existence and stemming from single ownership makes it incredibly special. An incredible and beautiful car in its own right, this particular 300 SL is surely the ultimate expression of automotive passion.

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