To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 300 SL, Mercedes has fully-restored the oldest known surviving model.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 300 SL, Mercedes has fully-restored the oldest known surviving model.

Wearing the 194 010 00002/52 chassis number, the car was painstakingly reconditioned by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center to the "highest standards of authenticity and quality." As an example of how detailed the process was, the repairs to the body took approximately five months. Despite the time consuming process, Mercedes decided to keep the original irregularities to highlight the fact that this particular vehicle was hand-made.

The engine was also overhauled, but it was extremely difficult because there are no replacement parts for the two electric fuel pumps. Regardless, the 3.0-liter six-cylinder was brought back to life and produces approximately 170 PS (125 kW / 168 hp). This should enable the 1060 kg (2,337 lb) car to hit a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).

Check out the press release to learn more about the restoration process and the 300 SL

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