Jay Leno didn't believe in the 300 SL until he bought one that was missing its engine and transmission, but having this faded Cherry Red sports car certainly turned him into a Gullwing fan. This was the one to have in the fifties.
An incredibly historically valuable Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was pretty much destroyed yesterday at the Mille Miglia by a passing BMW (of course). It was one of the really nice ones, too, with the black paint and red interior. Aw, what the hell.
Tom Wellmer's parents bought him an 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL for his college graduation. He drove it until the transmission gave out, then he parked it in a garage in California. That was 40 years ago.
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]
Architect Steve Hermann calls his "Glass Pavilion" home in Montecito, California his opus. The nearly-impossible looking cantilevered structure is mostly open air, but the basement "art gallery" is walnut columns and vintage cars. Ferrari Dino? Mercedes 300SL? Excellent taste, sir.
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 Fifty years later, the bird has been replaced by a Bavarian bombshell styled like an avian robot of doom.