2016 Ferrari F12tdf Vs 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster: Which Would You Buy?

One of them is a limited edition modern supercar, whereas the other is a classic open-top model that’s simply gorgeous. So what could they possibly have in common?

The answer is that both the Ferrari F12tdf and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster are offered for sale by RMSothebys, at their New York auction that takes place on December 6, and both have a similar estimated selling price: $1.1-$1.4 million and $1.25-$1.5 million, respectively.

Introduced as the spiritual successor to the 599 GTO in 2015, the Ferrari F12tdf came in a limited run of 799 units. It benefits from a number of aerodynamic enhancements over the regular F12 Berlinetta, and it also packs an extra punch, with its 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 making 780PS (770hp) and 705Nm (520lb-ft) of torque.

This particular example was shipped to Long Island Ferrari new in 2016, and since then, it has been driven for less than 400 miles (644km). It still has a factory warranty available until July 2019, and it’s covered by the Ferrari Genuine Maintenance program until July 2023.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, on the other hand, is the convertible version of the Gullwing. It debuted at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show and was produced in 1,858 units.

The auction house doesn’t provide more details about this 1958-made car, except that it retains the original matching chassis, body, engine, and drivetrain and was outfitted with several options from new. Still, looking at the pictures we can see its pristine condition that could help it re-achieve its bedroom door poster status.

Now, each one is extremely desirable for its own reasons, but if you had the opportunity to bid for one of the two, which would it be?


  • Six_Tymes

    Hands down the roadster. That said, if a “superfast” were the option, then I would go for that.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I would take the F12 tdF

    EDIT: I changed my mind, I’ll take the Mercedes.

  • PK

    Mercedes! <3

  • Vern Suesse

    The 300 SL for sure.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Mercedes. Nothing against this Ferrari but there is something special in those old cars that new ones don’t have. The new ones have excellent design, style, performances etc. but lack soul. Plus, they are not so rare and they use too much plastic. Plastic, no matter how good it is, makes everything look cheaper.

    • SteersUright

      Exactly! Take the interior for example, look at the two cars side by side. One looks lovingly crafted while the other like a booth exhibit at a Plastic Materials Conference. And dont even get started on the outside where one looks like every inch was sculpted to create a singular artistic expression of rolling beauty while the other looks like 15 designers were forced to sort through a hodgepodge of leftover body panels from 13 other Ferraris of different years and come up with a “new” car. There’s no elegance or flow to the design, it seems to include everyone’s favorite features in its body panels here and there. “Hey I love fender vents like older Ferraris had!” “Ok, toss em on. Anyone else?”


    300 SL, almost no tech

  • kachuks

    300 SL is one of the true automotive works of art. There’s only a handful of cars that exist in this rare air, and I can’t think of another one right now.

  • Taegon Lewis

    I’ll choose the Mercedes, under one condition; I want AMG to modify it.

    (Nah, just kidding. The 300 SL Roadster is perfect, the way it is. Plus, no useless technology, nor Formula 1-inspired/Lewis Hamilton-“approved” garbage.)

  • An Existing Person

    I love the 300 SL so much, but there’s something about the F12tdf that I can’t say no to.

  • Axel Cortez

    I just… can’t, but the TDF is my modern favourite car next to the F40 so for close to 2 mill I would have the F40

  • Six Thousand Times

    The Benz but you knew I’d say that.

  • GobbleUp


  • Vassilis

    Uhm, the Ferrari thank you very much.

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  • Joker1372

    SL is fascinating but that F12 is a real monster!

  • Michelin

    This Mercedes is one of rare mercedes I desire. In this comparison May be I prefere SL300. If the choice is between F12TDF and a actual Mercedes model (no one exception), I wont 100% Ferrari F12TDF !!!!

  • Steve Cohn

    Looking at investment purposes only looking out ten years, I think the 300SL wins.

  • Status

    As ever, Ferrari is vulgar, and that makes the SL that much more appealing.

  • Pete Moss

    If I could afford one of those, I could probably afford both…….I would bid on both.

  • SteersUright

    Modern Ferrari’s (488 and LaFerrari excused) are ghastly, so tacky only a Muscovite could love their gawdy design. The 300SL is timeless, and probably will be worth 10 times more than that red Corvette-with-a-cheesy-bodykit in those pics even with its breathtaking V12.

  • Bash

    The 300SL. hands down.

  • Ermal Morina

    Honestly,I can’t explain how beatiful the SL looks.It is really one of the most,if not the most beautiful car ever made.So classy…

  • Jazman.

    I choose Mercedes of course! Fastest doesn’t mean better.

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