Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing”
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.