Daimler will not tolerate companies trying to copy their cars. In a press release, Daimler reported that they crushed a fake body of the Mercedes 300 SL that German customs officials confiscated. Although it was made in fiberglass, the full size replica of the three-star’s creation was still an infringement of their “work of art” said Daimler. Here’s the rest of the press release: Unlawful replica of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL destroyed Daimler AG takes a firm line on vehicle replicas Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz Classic has destroyed the replica body of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The courts have ruled that it is not legal to market the body, which was… Continue Reading »
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As an iconic and desirable car, the 300 SL knows few equals, so it would seem unbelievable that an example would sit untouched and unloved for almost forty years without anyone noticing its provenance. But in Greece, a 1960 300 SL has been found in such a state. Apparently, its last owner had died in 1974 without any heirs to his name, and so the car passed on to the hands of the local municipality where no one gave the car much thought until now. Auctioned off in Piraeus, Greece, this 1960 300 SL has fetched the tidy sum of 405,000 Euros, which in U.S. dollar terms is a little… Continue Reading »
Mercedes-Benz remains as the most admired car company, even after 125 years of presence. Backed by an Internet survey where Mercedes vehicles took first place in six different eras. Automotive News’ “Legends on Wheels” was a survey which attracted over 100,000 participants. And those Internet users chose Mercedes-Benz as legends on six out of fourteen categories. For the era before 1900, they voted on Benz’ patented motor car in the first place followed by Daimler Riemenwagen. The other cars that were voted are: Blitzen Benz for 1910-1919, Mercedes-Benz model 500 K for 1930s, Mercedes 300 SL 2000-present: Mercedes SLS AMG for 1950-1959. The ultimate legend, which means it is the… Continue Reading »
50 years after the original photograph was taken, an assemblage of Gullwing owners, headed by the automobile club the Gull Wing Group, has gathered at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge to recapture the moment. The original group photo was a gathering of owners of Mercedes’ 300 SL. This time, Mercedes-Benz USA lent its considerable reach to bring 100 Gullwings and 300 SL Roadsters to the site of the original photograph. Also marking the occasion was the announcement of MBUSA’s donation of 125 scholarships intended for local kids who will participate in the San Francisco Recreation and Parks department’s summer camp programs.