Sports Car International Magazine ranked the Mercedes 300 SL as the number 5 sports car of all time. With its iconic gullwing doors, technological firsts, and limited production numbers, the 300 SL is one of the most sought after collectable models of Mercedes-Benz. In this article by Pfaff Mercedes, we share our thoughts on the history of the Mercedes-Benz and the development of the unique and groundbreaking Mercedes 300 SL, complete with gullwing doors.
The Mercedes-Benz company, as we know it today, was founded in 1926, but the roots of the company hark back even farther, with some historians claiming the late 1800s as the benchmark. Since its creation, the Mercedes brand has been pushing the limits of the automotive industry. Backed by almost a century of innovation, ground-breaking engineering, and astonishing designs, Mercedes has built an empire not to be trifled with, as we know firsthand here at Pfaff Mercedes.
It was at the 1954 New York Auto Show that Mercedes showcased the never before seen 300 SL. This unveiling skyrocketed the brand’s success in the North American market, as it created a new image for Mercedes, demonstrating their ability to conceive and produce high-performance sports cars.
A limited number of the Mercedes 300 SL were made, with two body choices, the coupe and the roadster. The engine was longitudinally mounted at the front, capable of a maximum speed of 260 km/h (160 mph).
During the 1950s, the Mercedes 300 SL took home many prominent racing titles. In the end, though, the 300 SL may not have been the fastest racecar on the circuit, but its durability, and capacity to maintain its top speed for over 11 hours made it awe-inspiringly assertive.
The Mercedes design that shocked the world includes a tubular frame to ensure high stability and low vehicle mass at only 181 pounds (82kg). It is because of this frame shape that gullwing doors were needed, as the tubes make a deep side panel in the vehicle that could not fit conventional doors. With this development, the center of gravity is almost precisely in the middle of the 300 SL.
As a leading collectable car in the Mercedes line up, this classically elegant design has been updated throughout the 21st century. With subsequent generations of the Mercedes SL-Class being continually produced, changes have periodically taken place on the vehicle. Head down to Pfaff Mercedes to see what those most recent changes are!
Backed by almost a century of innovation and groundbreaking designs, the Mercedes brand has become synonymous with elegance, grace, and a driving passion for discovering the unknown. With every year that passes, Mercedes-Benz only grows in stature.
If you are interested in driving one of the updated and modern versions of this classic car, gullwing doors not included, unfortunately, than visit us at our Pfaff Mercedes dealership.
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