•The Iconic Gullwing•
The 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) is the iconic legend that set the bar for sports cars in the 50's. The gullwing flew its wings with the first ever production fuel injection engine and became the fastest production vehicle at the time with a top speed of 260 km/hr. The original engine used was the M198 3.0 litre I6, delivering 212 hp and 274 Nm of torque. The picture seen above however is of a more powerful and unique version of the 300 SL, so unique in fact that only 11 were built over a period of ten years starting from 1996, the 300 SL AMG. The project was approved and dedicated originally to the Sultan of Brunei, who requested 6 of these cars for the royal collection. AMG later released another 5 pieces to select customers with a staggering price tag above €1,000,000. The gullwing AMG was modernized and powered up, featuring the M119 4-valves-per-cylinder 6.0 litre V8 engine, which was used on the W124 E60 AMG. It can only be imagined what 380 hp and 580 Nm of twist can do when put into the 300 SL. The interior was completely re-modeled to suit the 300 SL's vintage design and kept the classic feel. The custom dash was made of carbon fiber with the adapted gauges and the interior finished in nappa leather and alcantara. Fully adjustable Recaro AMG leather seats and a modern air conditioning system were also fitted to make the 300 SL sportier and more practical. I'd love to spot this beautiful machine in action one day, but until then we've got it's spiritual successor, the SLS AMG!
📸 Courtesy of @adiraths