Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

The 300SL remains the most lasting icon of Mercedes’ racing program in the 1950s, as it directly spawned what many enthusiasts consider the most attractive and desirable sporting automobile of its era.

The 300 SL production sports car presented in 1954 was based on the successful competition version of 1952. Its space frame weighed only 110 lbs. and was particularly sturdy, but did not permit the fitting of normal doors because of the high frame side members. With its characteristic upward-opening doors, the dream car of the 1950s popularly became known as the Gullwing.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

Source: Mercedes-Benz press, RM Auctions and Gooding & Company
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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