Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gull­wing”

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Bank­ing on the fact that a power-hun­gry, af­flu­ent US au­di­ence would love the idea of a road-go­ing ver­sion of a Grand Prix-win­ning race car, Mercedes-Benz set its sights on the 1954 New York Auto Show to un­veil the 300SL “Gull­wing” coupé. In­stantly fa­mil­iar thanks to its novel up­ward-open­ing doors, the 300SL (3,0-litre sport le­icht) was the fastest road-go­ing pro­duc­tion car if its time, match­ing al­lur­ing and ex­clu­sive styling with an equally ex­trav­a­gant price tag – a for­mula guar­an­teed to pique the in­ter­ests of those with the means. In­ter­est­ingly, de­spite the coupé’s doors rais­ing out of the way, the 300SL’s lower sills were rel­a­tively tall, and so Mercedes-Benz en­gi­neered a tilt func­tion to the steer­ing wheel to al­low an eas­ier exit for lucky driv­ers of this first SL-series.

THIS STUN­NING 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL “GULL­WING” IS ON DIS­PLAY AT THE FRAN­SCHHOEK MO­TOR MU­SEUM.

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