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Auction Puts Clark Gable’s Gullwing up for Grabs

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 »

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Owner Drives An Icon As It Was Meant To Be

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 »

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Mercedes-Benz Crushed an Illegal 300 SL Body

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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1955 Gullwing Sells For A Princely Amount

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 »

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Additonal info about the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing

For the first time in the company’s history stretching back over 40 years, the Mercedes-Benz performance brand is presenting a vehicle developed in-house, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. An AMG 6.3-liter V8 front-mid engine will be developing 571 hp/420 kW peak output and dry sump lubrication, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in a transaxle configuration and sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones. The ideal front/rear weight distribution of 48 to 52% and the vehicle’s low center of gravity. The newly developed, optional ceramic composite brakes with larger brake discs guarantee even better brake performance and lower unsprung masses. The design and development phase for the super sports car got underway in the last… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz releases official details about the Gullwing

You don’t see this everyday – high resolution promo pictures of a test mule in heavy camo. Mercedes-Benz has decided to shell some light and release official details of their upcoming replacement to the SLR – the SLC Gullwing. Nope scratch that, it will actually be called the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The SLS (Gullwing) will be smaller than the outgoing SLR, which in addition to the all-new aluminum space frame contributes to a weight of just 3,571 lbs, a full 300 lbs less than the SLR McLaren. The SLS wheelbase will be 105.5-inch; the front track will be 1.2 inches wider than the rear. The Gullwing will be powered by… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Spied in the California Desert

Richard Truesdell, from Automotive Traveler, has snapped some fresh spy shots of the SLR successor and future Mercedes-Benz Gullwing in the California Desert. The new super car, hailed to compete against the R8 and even the Italian super cars, is cloaked with enormous amounts of camo to conceal any details that may giveaway the final design. Like many have pointed out, the design on the test mule looks a lot like a Dodge Viper, but that’s of course not the point of a test vehicle, rather, it’s the internal parts that are important. Multiple sources have speculated that Mercedes-Benz and their AMG performance wing might equip the Gullwing with a… Continue Reading »

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