After several decades, BRABUS Classic rediscovered the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing painted by Andy Warhol. Through the BRABUS 6-Star restoration, a team of experts brought every last screw of this historic motorsports legend back to life. In collaboration with RM Sotheby’s, the BRABUS Classic 6-Star restored 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing will be auctioned through Sotheby’s Sealed in New York City from November 10th to 17th—offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a physical asset linked to the legendary artist.
In 1986, Daimler-Benz commissioned legendary pop-art icon, Andy Warhol, to produce a series of original artworks to tell the story of the automobile. Infused with Warhol‘s signature style, striking colour schemes and unmistakable passion, the now world-renowned “Cars” series was born—which even in its incomplete state immortalized a wide range of historic classics like never before. In the book: “Frank Oleski. Series Sports Cars from 1945-1980”, Andy Warhol found his first motif. Pictured in large format on pages 94 and 95 in front of a vast landscape, is a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing with the chassis number 198.040-5500629 and license plate “EI-DR 1”.
At BRABUS Classic, every car tells a story—this story is truly unique. It is the original. The one and only. The very car Andy Warhol selected to merge the worlds of revolutionary pop art and automotive history. Today, after 4.500 hours of work and expert attention to detail as part of the BRABUS 6-Star-Restoration, this piece of automotive and modern art history once again shines in the same timeless elegance it made famous when it first rolled off the production line nearly 70 years ago.
The BRABUS 6-Star-Restoration is a process defined at its core by authenticity and immaculate attention to detail. With pinpoint precision, the iconic lightweight tube frame as well as every inch of the bodywork was brought back to life, accentuated by extravagant chrome elements and a breathtaking finish. With a brand new coat of paint in the 300 SL’s original colour, this legendary sports classic is once again ready to continue telling its truly remarkable story on the road.
Under the hood of this fully 6-Star restored automobile and modern-art legend, the avant-garde meets unmistakable performance. At its heart, the iconic 3.0-litre straight-six delivers 215 hp. Every single bolt and every component of the 300 SL’s engine configuration and powertrain has been restored in accordance with all original specifications and with unmatched precision. The result is a truly unique dream car that is as reliable as it is stunning.
Since 1977, the BRABUS Classic name has been synonymous with incomparable elegance, and craftsmanship inspired by a strive for perfection and an unwavering passion for detail. Inside, the interior design specialists of the BRABUS Saddlery completely restored the interior of the 300 SL true to the original. After almost 70 years, all leather and fabric materials as well as all chrome accent elements in the cockpit of the icon impress with the same immaculate quality as they once did in 1955, so you can feel right at home on your tour through history.
Sotheby’s Sealed has become an incredibly successful online platform, bringing some of the world’s most historically significant cars to an exclusive global audience. The proprietary auction system was used to sell such classics as Juan Fangio’s personal Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the fabled white Ferrari Enzo, the McLaren F1 chassis no. 059 and now, the BRABUS Classic “Warhol 300 SL”. The car will be on display at the Sotheby’s auction house in New York City as part of their flagship November contemporary art sales.