If you are in the market for a classic looking Mercedes but want the power and readability of modern technology, RM Auctions has the car for you. They will be auctioning off a 1954 Mercedes 300 SL built by AMG featuring a 380 horsepower 6.0L AMG-tuned M119 V8 engine. AMG also installed a W4A four-speed automatic transmission, a modern R129 rear axle assembly, Bilstein adjustable sports suspension pack, W124 rear brakes, power-operated AMG C36 brakes, and power-adjustable steering at the front.
RM Auctions says AMG started this project at the request of Royal Family of Brunei. Only 11 examples were built.
Only 11 of these bespoke SLs were converted by AMG between 1996 and 2009, with each car costing in excess of €1 million to build. Five of those completed were for the Royal Family of Brunei, whilst the remaining six were delivered to other qualified customers. Eight of those 11 examples were coupés, with half being outfitted with right-hand drive and the other half left-hand drive, such as this example. This AMG was purchased by DD Racing in Germany directly from AMG shortly after it was rebuilt in 2001, and it was initially registered in Germany. In 2005, the car then found its way into the hands of a collector in Hong Kong, where it has remained ever since and has been carefully stored in a climate-controlled environment.
The auction will be held May 10, 2014 and they estimate the selling price to be €740,000 ($1,013,948) to €940,000 ($1,287,988).