BODY PARTS

New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

If you just hap­pen to have a rusty old Mercedes-benz 300SL Gull­wing ly­ing around wait­ing for some new pan­els, then here’s some good news.

Mercedes-benz has now stepped in and made fac­tory-qual­ity body parts avail­able for the 1950s clas­sic su­per­car. These pan­els are built to per­fec­tion by 3D scan­ning orig­i­nal 300 SL bod­ies and us­ing that data to build the cor­rect tool­ing. The pan­els are then handed over to spe­cial­ist coach­builders to be shaped and hand fin­ished with wooden mal­lets, as it was done decades ago.

But don’t reach for the phone just yet, as these ac­cu­rate body pan­els don’t come cheap — for ex­am­ple, a right front guard will cost you €11,900 ( NZ$20,215) plus freight, GST, and any other ap­pli­ca­ble charges.

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