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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" (1955)

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (LHD)

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  • DD Classics Ltd.
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
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    Daniel Donovan

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Request for Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" (1955) | Vehicle-ID: 211496

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  • Vehicle data
  • Description
  • Condition
  • Make Mercedes-Benz
  • Model SL-Class
  • Model name 300 SL "Gullwing"
  • Series W 198 I
  • Year of manufacture 1955
  • Chassis number n.a.
  • Gearbox number n.a.
  • Report n.a.
  • Condition category n.a.
  • Mileage (read) n.a.
  • Previous owners n.a.
  • First registration n.a.
  • Engine number n.a.
  • Matching numbers n.a.

Technical details

  • Body style Coupe
  • Power (kw/hp) 158/215
  • Cubic capacity (ccm) 2,996
  • Cylinders 6
  • Doors 2
  • Steering Left (LHD)
  • Transmission Manual
  • Gears 4
  • Drive Rear
  • Front Brake Drum
  • Rear Brake Drum
  • Fuel Petrol

Individual configuration

  • Exterior colour Black
  • Manufacturer colour name n.a.
  • Sunroof No
  • Folding roof No
  • Power Assisted Steering No
  • Central locking No
  • Electric windows No
  • Interior colour Beige
  • Interior material Leather
  • Electric heated seats No
  • Air conditioning No
  • ABS No
  • Airbag No
  • Cruise control No
  • A stunning example
  • Painstakingly restored by marque experts
  • Finished in Schwarz over Cream interior
  • Equipped with a 2-piece luggage set
  • Arguably one of the finest Gullwings available anywhere

The success story continued in 1954 with the 300 SL “Gullwing”, a coupé that turned the heads of sports car enthusiasts with its unique design and extraordinary power. The roots of the car’s development lay in the USA: “What we need over here is a great Mercedes-Benz sports car,” US importer Maximilian Hoffman is reported to have said. In September 1953 he convinced the Board of Management at Daimler-Benz to build a series version of the successful 300 SL racing sports car. Incredibly, just five months later in  February 1954, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198) made its sensational debut at the International Motor Sports Show in New York. The new sports car exuded elegance and innovation in equal measure. It was the world’s first four-stroke production passenger car to be equipped with output- and efficiency-enhancing direct fuel injection.

Breath-taking engine output of 215 hp (158 kW) provided a top speed of 250 km/h, depending on final drive ratio. That made the 300 SL the fastest production car of its day. As with the legendary racing sports car from the 1952 season, the vehicle featured consistent lightweight design throughout and a spaceframe that supported the engine, transmission and axles and left no room for conventional doors.

The top-hinged, upswinging doors became the 300 SL’s most distinctive feature and earned it the popular name “Gullwing”. Even today the 300 SL is considered the ultimate dream car. In December 1999 it was voted Sports Car of the Century by a jury of trade journalists.

Weighing just 50 kilograms, the innovative spaceframe was a lightweight structure that offered maximum rigidity. The only downside, on account of the extra height at the sills, was its incompatibility with conventional doors. Mercedes-Benz engineers solved this problem with the introduction of upswinging “Gullwing” doors.

Now available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call 0208 878 3355 for more information.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information but errors may occur. Please check with a salesperson.

 

Condition, Registrations & Documents

  • MOT
  • Mille Miglia eligible
  • Registered
  • Ready to drive

Vehicle-ID: 211496


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