Mercedes Benz 300SL « Gullwing » 1955

Mercedes Benz 300SL « Gullwing » 1955

Characteristics

240 hp straight 6-cylinder injection engine

1400 copies manufactured from 1954 until 1957

A mythical model in the history of the automobile, the 300 SL « Gullwing » or « butterfly » has made many car lovers’ dream when it was first launched and still does today.

This model is strongly inspired by the 300 SL racing sports car, whose tubular, rigid and light frame goes up the sides, which requires the doors to open by means of the so-called butterfly system.

This new car was first unveiled at the 1954 New York International Auto Show. The bodywork has evolved, the lines of the 300 SL racing sports car have globally been maintained, but the style is more pronounced. The general recipe is preserved: butterfly doors, an inclined engine, a tilt steering wheel. On the mechanical level, we can see a revolution has taken place.

The 300 SL is actually the very first car to adopt the injection engine, mechanical of course. As a result, the 3-litre engine produces 240 horsepower, which is more than twice as much as the horsepower of other 6-cylinder 3-litre engines.

It’s a powerful car. Thanks to its line and to a weight « limited », as much as possible, to 1550 kg, the car can reach 235 km/h with the lowest axle gear ratio and 260 km/h with the highest. It reaches 100 km/h in only eight seconds.

Unexpectedly, the car is going to have a great career in rallying. In 1955, the Belgian driver Olivier Gendebien won the Tulip rally and the Liège-Rome-Liège with this model. Werner Engel even won the European Rally Championship at the wheel of this model.

The 300 SL butterfly is produced until 1957. 80% of the 1400 cars manufactured were sold in the USA.

This car was delivered new to a renowned London diamond dealer. It is one of the 108 MB 300 SL Gullwings originally sold in nitro black.

This 300 SL Coupe remained in England until 2010. The last English owner owned it for more than 36 years.

Its English history is impressively documented by a large number of documents.

In 2010, it was shipped to Germany, where Axel Shuette lead a high-level restoration project. The bodywork was separated from the chassis. A complete documentation of the restoration is available.

The colour, the chassis and the engine are « matching ». The car joined Breitt-Gallery in 2019.

Mercedes Benz 300SL « Gullwing » 1955

Characteristics

240 hp straight 6-cylinder injection engine

1400 copies manufactured from 1954 until 1957

A mythical model in the history of the automobile, the 300 SL « Gullwing » or « butterfly » has made many car lovers’ dream when it was first launched and still does today.

This model is strongly inspired by the 300 SL racing sports car, whose tubular, rigid and light frame goes up the sides, which requires the doors to open by means of the so-called butterfly system.

This new car was first unveiled at the 1954 New York International Auto Show. The bodywork has evolved, the lines of the 300 SL racing sports car have globally been maintained, but the style is more pronounced. The general recipe is preserved: butterfly doors, an inclined engine, a tilt steering wheel. On the mechanical level, we can see a revolution has taken place.

The 300 SL is actually the very first car to adopt the injection engine, mechanical of course. As a result, the 3-litre engine produces 240 horsepower, which is more than twice as much as the horsepower of other 6-cylinder 3-litre engines.

It’s a powerful car. Thanks to its line and to a weight « limited », as much as possible, to 1550 kg, the car can reach 235 km/h with the lowest axle gear ratio and 260 km/h with the highest. It reaches 100 km/h in only eight seconds.

Unexpectedly, the car is going to have a great career in rallying. In 1955, the Belgian driver Olivier Gendebien won the Tulip rally and the Liège-Rome-Liège with this model. Werner Engel even won the European Rally Championship at the wheel of this model.

The 300 SL butterfly is produced until 1957. 80% of the 1400 cars manufactured were sold in the USA.

This car was delivered new to a renowned London diamond dealer. It is one of the 108 MB 300 SL Gullwings originally sold in nitro black.

This 300 SL Coupe remained in England until 2010. The last English owner owned it for more than 36 years.

Its English history is impressively documented by a large number of documents.

In 2010, it was shipped to Germany, where Axel Shuette lead a high-level restoration project. The bodywork was separated from the chassis. A complete documentation of the restoration is available.

The colour, the chassis and the engine are « matching ». The car joined Breitt-Gallery in 2019.