The Mercedes 300SL, both in gullwing and roadster forms, is known as one of the early sports cars that sprang forth from post-war Europe which are unparalleled in style and grace. And damn is it not hard to see why.
It might be a million dollar car nowadays, but that doesn't seem to stop Bob Sirna from getting the most out of it. It's all about how you look at it.
"It gets driven hard and it gets driven often"—these might not be statements you typically expect to hear from the owner of a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing but it's hard not to smile when you do.
I'm pretty sure Julie Andrews would have to change her underwear after seeing these pictures. I know for a fact that my pants are alive with the sound of this alpine 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster. Sploosh.
As an ominous warning to counterfeit 300SL builders the world over, Mercedes-Benz released pictures and a press release this past week showing the company dismantling and destroying a 300SL replica that was seized by customs officials.
A naked Mercedes-Benz W196. Note the massive inboard drum brakes, the two cylinders between the front wheels. Note the outboard coolant tank and battery. Also note Sam Smith's raging intellectual hard-on for the classic tri-pointed star racer. [Wired]
Like Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith, you can tell the two are related but you'll find few people who wouldn't prefer an afternoon with the original. Check out an entire set at KickingTires.
Back in the 50s, the only advertising a gullwinged Mercedes needed was a Mexican vulture through the windshield. Fifty years later, the bird has been replaced by a Bavarian bombshell styled like an avian robot of doom.