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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (1954)

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					                  Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (1954)
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) was designed to be a high-performance sports car for the road
capitalizing on the heritage of the famous Mercedes 300 SLR race car. It was introduced at the
1954 New York Auto Show. Approximately 1,400 cars were ever made with 80% going to the
US. The SL stand for "Sport und Leicht" (Sport and Light) and the 300 indicated a 3-liter engine
displacement. The most distinguishing feature of the coupe were the gullwing doors.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was very technically advanced and unlike most sports cars of its time
featured fuel injection and an independent rear suspension and soon became known not only
for it's impressive performance, but also for superb build quality. The car was capable of
reaching a top speed of 260 km/h (161 mph) which made it the fasted production car of its
time.

Specifications

      215bhp, 2,996cc overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine
      four-speed manual transmission
      four-wheel independent suspension
      four-wheel drum brakes
      Wheelbase: 94.5in (2,400mm)



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