Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (1957 – 1963)

One of the most important classics in the rich history of the German premium manufacturer is the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from 1957. The improved version of the famous Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gulwing (with wing doors) was actually created by the advent of unhappy circumstances.

After the accident that took place in the United States in 1956, when a young couple drifted off the road and burned in the car because they could not open the door, the import of the legendary Gullwing in the United States was forbidden.

American fans were devastated by this fact, and the rescue arrived in Geneva in 1957 when the Roadster performance was presented. As expected, the greatest popularity was obtained in the North American market, but even Europeans were not immune to the unattractive derivative, so the final balance had prevailed in favor of Roadster. Model 300 SL Gulwing was manufactured in 1400, and 300 SL Roadster reached 1858 copies.

The success of the road versions of the dream cabriolet was based on major sports victories, including triumphs at 24 Hours of Le Mans, Carrera Panamericana and Mille Miglia races. Advanced technology is visible thanks to the structure of steel pipes, which is the characteristic of racing cars, but also by the first four-stroke direct injection fuel.

The 6-cylinder bullet with volume of 2996 c.c. is actually a DB 601 V12 engine, but with one instead of two blocks, the same as the Messerschmitt Bf-109. With the conversion from the coupe to the convertible, due to the reinforcement of the floor, the mass has grown from 1180 to 1300 kg, but the engine was therefore charged with 215 at 225 hp.

His performances were spectacular for his time. It could reach an amazing number of 260 km / h, it had an independent suspension at the front and the rear, but the disc brakes on all wheels were not installed until 1961. With the length of 457, 179 in width and 130 cm in height an attractive silhouette was guaranteed; and many considered it to be one of the most beautiful cars in history, and with every right.

The luxurious interior, made of finest materials like leather and mahogany, emphasizes the noble pedigree. After all, it was one of the most expensive models on the market, and the original copies are nowadays worth around one million euro. Spectacular car!