Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe (1957-1963)
Introduced in 1954 as a two-seat coupé, The (W198) Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer and fastest production car of its day. The SL offers an early suggestion of the increasing focus Mercedes would place onto the luxury cars sector over the following decades.
The Mercedes 300SL is to many the ultimate dream car, one that was destined to become a legend the moment it left the factory floor. Mercedes introduced the SL at the 1954 New York Auto Show and it was loved by the new affluent americans. Mercedes recognised the need for a roadster in their line-up and the open-top sports car was offered along side the successful gullwinged Coupe from 1957.
Upon its arrival, the incredibly picturesque SL 300 Roadster, sparked a frenzy when it arrived onto the US forecourts, creating a sensation and sold equally well as the faster gullwinged Coupe. Although it lost the iconic and recognisable gullwing doors, the 300SL Roadster managed to keep much of the speed and prestige of its older sibling, while adding in some extra magic itself with on-demand wind in the hair freedom. The 300SL, however, builds on the W194’s ultra-sleek and uncluttered appearance with far more embellishment.
The sound is incredible, there is so much feel from the wheel, keeping you in tune with what the car is doing on the track, allowing you to place it into the corners and exit them with a smile on your face. Combining power, balance, refinement and fun, into arguably an un-rivalled package.
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