For my next feature I wanted to focus on
Mercedes. For this year’s Techno Classica they went crazy with a wide range of
various models – but I was specifically interested in their SL heritage display. The
Mercedes-Benz SL is 60 years old and therefore a household name inside
the Mercedes stable. It is no wonder they are proud of that achievement and
rolled out a number of cars from their museum in Frankfurt.
This 300SL W194 was completely restored in
2011. It is the second one ever built and was restored with originality in
mind. The people at Mercedes-Benz Classic did an excellent job. The car was
originally crafted in 1952 and has a 6-cylinder inline engine with a capacity of 3 litres. It
had around 170bhp, giving it a top speed of 230kph.
My favorite SL was this 300SL Gullwing
W198. This version was developed for racing and features an aluminium body. Only
29 of these cars were built, making it extremely rare. It was capable of doing
250kph thanks to its 3-litre, 6-cylinder engine. The engine has 210bhp and 275Nm
The 300SL also came as a roadster. Instead
of the gullwings of its coupé brother the roadster has normal doors. The production of the roadster
ended in 1963 and only 1,858 were built.
This 230SL ‘Pagode’ W113 is the successor of
the 300SL and was built in 1963. It is powered by a 150bhp, 6-cylinder, 2.3-litre engine and was capable of 200kph.
This version of the 500SL R107 was
conceived in 1980 and saw action in the Ivory Coast Bandama Rally as a training vehicle.
After that it was used for testing on the Monte Carlo Rally in 1981 with Walter Rörhl behind the wheel. With the power of a 5-litre V8 it was able to achieve a
top speed of 225kph.
The photo of Lady Diana in the back of this
500SL R129 was there for a reason: this is the actual car she owned and
drove in 1992. She was the only person inside the British royal family that drove a non-UK car.
This is of course the SL63 AMG R230 that
was used as the official safety car during the 2008 and 2009 Formula 1 seasons. With over 500bhp and 630Nm of torque from its 6.2-litre V8 it was more than capable of getting
to accidents quickly.
Since owning a 92 Turbo DSM for 10 years now, I'm thinking of switch to a Merc C class in the future. It's time for something new. An SL would be nice, but they're still expensive, though.
I think the first SL does have doors, if you look closely you see a seem at the window part.... so it is basically a gullwing without the lower door part... My favourite is the W198 convertible... I was watching a car programme on Discovery just a few days ago and such a car was bought by a (wealthy) buisnessman for the small amount of over half a million dollars. It was allready immaculately restored, clamps that had vanished were re-made for 70 dollars the piece... what a car...
they deffinately went through a ugly stage....and with thr current generations of SL's i think the ugly circle has come back around!
That aluminum bodied 300sl makes me happy. Earlier this year one of those exact cars went for $4.62 million dollars in auction(3.324 million Euros)!! Truly a rarity, I can only imagine what it feels like to own on.
Chris Harris just did a very smiler comparison, he drove a few SLs through the ages. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX8ugNfseEw&feature=g-u-u&context=G26dad58FUAAAAAAAQAA
if Jackie Chan ever drove a Mercedes during a street race involving kunk fu it was certainly the R107