This Dilapidated Mercedes-Benz 300SL from Cuba is the Ultimate Barn Find
It’s Not Even the Only One Discovered, Either
Published October 24, 2017
It is not like anybody would expect to find a freaking in Cuba. After all, the car is a highly praised machine some even consider to be the first supercar. However, you might be surprised to find out how many cool classic cars are available in Cuba. The streets are practically crawling with classic Chevys and Cadillacs from the 1950s. Recently, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL was discovered by the guys at CogeTuCarro.com. This particular 300SL has seen better days. Right now it sits in the garage gutted and in disarray. Marks of age, which reveal a tough life devoid of proper maintenance, only serve to add character to the rare classic at this point.
As it turns out, this car was used for racing ventures in the small island country.
Our Cuban friends report that it used to race at the Sagua-La Habana in 1957. Considering that the Coupe was in production from 1955 to 1957, it is probably one of the earlier models produced. The 300SL pioneered many of the technologies we now take for granted; for example – direct fuel injection; Bosch developed the system specifically for this car. Well technically, it scaled down a fuel injection system used by some WWII German fighter planes, but you get the idea. Obviously, maintaining tech like that back in the day was a really tough process, and after the US trade embargo, it likely became too difficult to maintain this classic racer.
This Isn’t Even the First Mercedes-Benz 300SL Discovered in Cuba
Back in 2012, Spanish photographer Miguel Llorente went to Cuba to hunt down a 300SL he was informed about. He successfully found and photographed the abandoned and gutted 300SL in its latest stages of decay, which you’ll find below:
Now, this loss is quite significant. Although Mercedes-Benz produced 1,400 coupes in total, more pristine examples have sold for millions. Unfortunately, it seems that these Cuban examples glory days are securely in the rearview. The best has already come and gone for these unfortunate roadsters.
Nevertheless, this barn find is absolutely incredible. How unimaginably cool would it be to discover a Mercedes-Benz 300SL that raced in Cuba back in its heyday?