Below you will see one of the 1,400 Gullwing coupes built between 1954 and 1957. Its listed for sale at Bring A Trailer. The current bid as of this AM is $1,350,000. It will probably go for more than that when the auction ends next Tuesday. The restoration appears flawless, and this is effectively a brand new 1956 car.
With a top speed of 163 mph, this was the fastest production car of its time.
There are several delightful comments at the listing, but my favorite is the story of someone’s my father in law, returning home from serving in the Marine Corps in the Korean War, with $6,800 in savings. In New York, he test-drives a ‘57 Porsche Speedster and a 300 SL Roadster. At $10,000, the Porsche is too expensive. He returns home to Chicago, goes to the local Mercedes Benz dealership, and the Gullwing was exactly $6,800 – and buys one. Too bad he only kept it 20 years; selling that in the lat 70s left millions on the table.