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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Pismo Classic - 300SL Gullwing Mercedes Benz

One of my favorite cars at the 22nd Annual Pismo Classic car show in Pismo Beach, California this week was the 300SL Gullwing by Mercedes-Benz. The particular specimen of the 1954-57 body producted by Mercedes-Benz was in immaculate condition with a very original color style. This particular car was attracting a lot of attention at the show -- for good reason!

Here's a full shot of the 300SL Gullwing parked on the street at the show. Here you can catch a glimpse of the 6-cylinder engine, straigh-six that was one of the very first engines to have fuel injection.
Pismo Classic 1954-57 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing full

A great close in shot of the interior of the car. Beautiful condition and fully restored to the original condition.
Pismo Classic 1954-57 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing interior

Here's the MB 300SL Gullwing from the back. A great looking car here at the Pismo Classic Car show.
Pismo Classic 1954-57 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing back

More on this car from WikiPedia:

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL is a two-seat, closed sports car with characteristic gull-wing doors, and later, offered as an open roadster. It was also given the name "Widowmaker" because many male drivers died when crashing their 300 SL's. [1]

Built by Daimler-Benz AG and internally numbered W198, the road version of 1952 was based (somewhat loosely) on the company's highly successful competition-only sports car of 1950, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194) which had less power, as it still had carburetors.

This model was suggested by Max Hoffman. Because it was intended for customers whose preferences were reported to Hoffman by dealers he supplied in the booming, post-war American market, it was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show—unlike previous models introduced at either the Frankfurt or Geneva shows. The 300SL was best known for both its distinctive gullwing or butterfly wing doors and for being the first-ever gasoline-powered car equipped with fuel injection directly into the combustion chamber. The gullwing version was available from March 1955 to 1957. In Mercedes-Benz fashion, the "300" referred to the engine's cylinder displacement, in this case, three liters. The "SL", as applied to a roadster, stood for "Sport Leicht" or "Sport Light."


Anonymous said...

this car is amazing, i want one, i think its better than the modern version of it which is the slr mclaren.I want one sitting outside my crib with the doors up, thats gangster.