Nothing beats the beauty of a classic car, especially that of the Mercedes 300 SL. Initially conceived as a racing sports car, the coupe has an impressive record in many major races, including the 1955 European Rally Championship and the 1960 Rali Vinho da Madeira. There were no plans for the 300 SL to go into production, but after endless campaigning, the sports car was introduced at the February 1954 International Motor Sports Show in New York. The car’s sleek and graceful body made it an icon of the automotive world and it was named Sports Car of the Century in 1999. There were 146 units produced in 1954 and 1,400 during its 1954-1957 production run.
The 300 SL was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer. It’s a two-seat coupe with distinctive gull-wing doors. The 300 SL was built around a welded aluminum tube spaceframe chassis, which made it lightweight but still strong. That made it impossible for the car to have traditional doors, which led to the model’s innovative gull-wing design. The main body was steel, with an aluminum hood, doors and trunk lid. The car runs on a 6-cylinder-inline engine with a whopping 212 hp. It boasts a top speed of up to 160 mph. The 300 SL is a rare collectible, with prices generally in the $1,000,000–2,500,000 range. So if you have money to burn and want a beautiful piece of automotive history, this is it. Learn More
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