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GULLWING US MODEL
3.0 LITER STAIGHT 6
AM/FM Leather Interior Surface
S/N 00154 Listed in the 300SL registry Fire Engine Red with Tan leather interior 4-speed manual transmission Bolt-on wheel arch 'eyebrows' with body color welting Bendix treadle-vac brake booster Bumper guards Becker radio SWF windshield washer VD...
S/N 00154 Listed in the 300SL registry Fire Engine Red with Tan leather interior 4-speed manual transmission Bolt-on wheel arch 'eyebrows' with body color welting Bendix treadle-vac brake booster Bumper guards Becker radio SWF windshield washer VDO gauges Dual Hella reversing lights Magnesium alloy wheels wrapped in Avon Turbosteel tires Correct Ivory Bakelite steering wheel Sixty-four years after its debut, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is still recognized as one of the most beautiful cars ever built. The fastest production car of its time with a factory-rated top speed of 160 MPH, it is more than just a conveyance of transportation; the 300SL Gullwing was automotive sculpture that announced your place at the top of the socio-economic pecking order. The list of rich and famous personalities who owned a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing includes entertainers, race-car drivers, heads of state and business tycoons such as Clark Gable, Tony Curtis, Juan Manuel Fangio, Juan Peron, Aga Khan, Briggs Cunningham, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Rob Walker, just to name a few. Lurking below the voluptuous Gullwing doors was a serious two-passenger race car that proved its mettle on the international stage by taking victory at Le Mans, Nurburgring and the Carrera Panamericana. The genesis of the Gullwing started in 1952 with the 300SL W194 Series, the first all-new racing car designed by Mercedes-Benz after World War II. It was an innovative design that reflected forward thinking on the part of the German automaker. The central structure was a space frame constructed of lightweight alloy, a labyrinth of small-diameter tubing triangulated at strategic points for structural strength. In addition to being extremely rigid, it was exceedingly light at 110 pounds. The tubular frame was the reason behind the car's iconic feature, the Gullwing doors. Designer Rudy Uhlenhaut did not want to cut the space frame to fit conventional doors for fear of sacrificing strength, so they hinged the doors at the roof and they swung out. The engine utilized was a 3.0L straight-6 taken from the company's 300 Adenauer passenger sedan and mounted in the chassis at a 50-degree angle to allow for both a low center of gravity as well as a lower sleek hood line. The front-mounted engine was located behind the center-line of the front suspension creating an ideal front-to-rear weight distribution. It featured an independent front suspension and a semi-independent swing-axle arrangement in the rear. Massive drum brakes insured ultimate stopping power. Max Hoffman, the East Coast importer and distributor for Mercedes-Benz, convinced management to produce a road car based on the 300SL W194. The company responded and introduced the 300SL Gullwing road car at the 1954 New York Auto Show. The road car was essentially a street-legal version of the race car that retained the same frame architecture, suspension, drivetrain and body silhouette. It also came equipped with Bosch Fuel Injection and was the first production car to feature it. To make it roadworthy, the interior was upgraded for creature comfort and the exterior received chrome bumpers, additional trim and style accents. This particular 300SL Gullwing presents beautifully in Fire Engine Red and features a tan leather interior with oatmeal-colored German square-weave carpet. Its matching-numbers engine shows only 30,534 miles on the odometer. Delivered in March 1955 to Brussels, Belgium, in European specification, the 300SL was equipped with the following equipment: a Becker radio, chrome bumper guards and dual Hella backup lights. The car retains evidence of its early build ancestry with two features. First, the fender wheel-arch eyebrows are bolted on versus welded on, like the later models. Second, it has the early Bendix Treadle-Vac brake booster. Only 1,400 300SL Gullwings were ever produced, and this one just happens to be an automotive icon of the highest pedigree. -