Gullwing price to soar at auction

Gullwing price to soar at auction

A car Sir Stirling Moss used to plan the route ahead of his win in the classic Mille Miglia endurance race is set to go under the hammer this summer.

Bonhams' sale at the Mercedes-Benz museum in the German city of Stuttgart on July 12 includes the 300SL, known as the Gullwing, that Moss and his navigator drove to explore the course before the 1955 Mille Miglia event. He later won it in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.

Moss beat fellow motor racing legend Juan Fangio in the race from Brescia to Rome and back again, covering around 1,000 miles.

The motoring public were given the first glimpse of the Gullwing in Paris in 1954 and it also featured in the London motor show a year later. It is named after its unusual doors that are hinged to its roof.

Walton-on-Thames firm HW Motors bought the Gullwing and it later passed into the hands of Peter Woozley, who drove it in the race for the Stanley Sears Trophy at Snetterton four years later.

The Gullwing has been restored to its original condition and James Knight, the Bonhams group managing director, said he believes it is the most historic 300SL Gullwing in existence.

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