Engine: 6 Famous for its distinctive upward opening Gullwing doors, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL (SL for “Super-Leight” / “Super-Light”) has a light tubular frame construction, and is one of Mercedes-Benz ‘s most collectable models.
This car was manufactured from 1954 to 1963 – first as a coupe, and then, beginning in 1957, as a roadster. The 300 refers to its engine cylinder displacement of 300 centiliter (3 liters). The maximum speed of the 300 SL is 260 km/h (162 mph). The coupe’s gas tank has a capacity of 130 liters (34 gallons).
“The 300 SL is credited with changing the company’s image in America from a manufacturer of solid, but staid luxury automobiles, to one capable of rendering high-performance sports cars” (Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, Wikipedia). In 1999, it was voted the “Sports Car of the Century.”
This 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing has a silver exterior (originally, shell white) and burgundy interior. It was purchased at the Pebble Beach Auction in 2008 from its owner, Samuel Mann, of New Jersey.