The Andy Warhol Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that Brabus restored is going under the hammer through Sotheby’s Sealed in New York.
The event will take place from November 10th to 17th. The car will be on display at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City. Commissioned by Daimler-Benz in 198, Andy Warhol’s final series, Cars, features striking color palettes and breathes the late artist’s signature style.
According to research that Brabus carried out with Mercedes-Benz Classic, the 300 SL is confirmed to be the exact chassis that inspired the world-renowned series of original artworks, dedicated to the history of the automobile. The 300 SL Gullwing shows up in large format, on pages 94 and 95, in the book “Frank Olesi. Series Sports Cars from 1945-1980.”
It took two years and over 4,500 hours of meticulous manual work through Brabus 6-Star Restoration Program, for the vehicle to return to its original quality.
The Andy Warhol Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing started life in France
The experts dismantled and catalogued it down to every nut and bolt. It sports silver-gray paint, blue leather interior, and Rudge wheels. The 70-year old car received the “A: With new car character” grade from Classic Data, the leading German classic car expert organization. What makes this model chassis number 198.040.500629 even more precious is the fact that it is one of the 1,400 units that has even seen the light of day.
The car started out as the property of a man in Paris, in August 1955. It moved to Germany in 1981, when Dr. Heinz Noeth acquired it. He was the one to keep it until 2020. It was the moment Brabus bought it.
Now offered without reserve, the Brabus-restored Andy Warhol Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is expected to go for anything between $1.5 and 3 million.
Sotheby’s Seal has been a prestigious online iconic car sales platform for years. Juan Manuel Fangio’s personal Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the fable white Ferrari Enzo, and the McLaren 1 chassis number 059 sold through it.