Although today’s SLS AMG isn’t as unique for having its gullwing doors as its original predecessor the 300SL, said doors give the SLS AMG its hallmark style. Anyone who rolls in an SLS AMG definitely has a sense of style, not to mention a healthy dose of gray matter for being able to afford one. Which makes it a tad puzzling why the occupants of this car saw fit to open the gullwing doors of the SLS they were in. A bit of reckless abandon perhaps? Life is good and all that? Maybe checking out if they could produce some lift? All in the spirit of fun, we suppose, as… Continue Reading »
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The recent victory of the SLS AMG GT3 from the customer team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon was no longer a surprise after its amazing performance last season. The gullwing with race number 1 that dominated the 24-hour event which was held in Dubai on January 10 to 12, 2013 was driven by Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Bern Schneider (Germany), Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) and Sean Edwards (Great Britain). The car took off from the pole position of the starting lineup. From there, it maintained the first position and cleanly ended the race two laps ahead of the competition. The victory marks the team’s second overall win after its success from last… Continue Reading »
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe is certainly every car collector’s dream. This is due to the car’s classy and exquisite design that is hard to beat. But the Gullwing that will be featured at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction has a status that is definitely hard to equal. According to a report from Fox News, the 1955 car that will be auctioned this coming January 19 is owned by none other than one of the greatest Hollywood legends, Clark Gable. The car was purchased by Gable in 1955 at the Mercedes-Benz store in Hollywood. It was among his favorites and he was known to drive it regularly on his way… Continue Reading »
Without question, one of the most iconic classic cars in the world, Mercedes-Benz or otherwise, is the 300 SL Gullwing. Its beautiful shape, unique doors and outstanding performance combined to make it a true instant classic. First introduced in 1954, the SL (Sport Leicht) was never in abundance, as only 1,400 Gullwing coupes were ever produced. In truth, the 300 SL was a sweet-looking race car for the street, as underneath the beautiful body was a tube chassis, chosen for weight savings with acceptable strength. Since part of the chassis intruded into the section where a normal door would be positioned, the designers opted for the distinctive gullwing doors. Suspension… Continue Reading »
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 »
As this auction result shows, it’s not only Ferraris that have a lock on the staggering amounts that collector cars sell for nowadays. At a recently concluded Gooding and Company auction, a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing garnered a $4,620,000 bid that made it the top seller for that auction. In comparison, a Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider changed hands at the same auction for $3,905,000. What made this Gullwing so expensive is the fact the it’s practically a museum piece in terms of condition. Being one of only 29 alloy-bodied 300 SLs was also a major factor in making the car so desirable. Aside from the rarity of… 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.