Mercedes - Benz 300SL Car

The 300SL had its genesis as a race car, where compromises for comfort and convenience aren't part of the normal specification. Thus it featured a tubular spaceframe chassis which required very high door sills to provide needed strength. It was the sills that LED to the use of those gullwing doors, for getting in and out would otherwise have been near-impossible.

Even so, the car had to be fitted with a steering wheel that tilted down so the driver could slide his legs in place.

Under the hood, on a slant, sat a 3-liter,6-cylinder engine with a single-overhead-cam and the first-ever use of fuel-injection in a production car. This combination gave 215 HP at 6200 RPM, enough to push the 300SL to a top speed of 165 mph. Transmission was a 4-speed manual and suspension was fully independent. Massive finned drum brakes provided efficient stopping power.

The range of colors was initially limited to silver, dark blue, and black, though most buyers seemed to prefer silver, perhaps because it reminded them of Mercedes racing cars. A nice touch was the fitting of cloth upholstery with a distinctive check pattern; leather was an option.

The 300SL was very successful in American SCCA road racing where its reliability and roadholding LED to wins over more powerful cars. The roadster, too, drew inspiration from racing, for the 300SLR that Stirling Moss drove to a record-breaking victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia, with Denis Jenkinson as navigator, was an open version.

Although the Mille Miglia and Carrera Panamericana road races no longer exist, both are held as retro-rallies where historic sports cars can show their stuff. Similar events take place in the USA (see our Calendar for dates and places) offering lucky spectators a chance to witness a Mercedes-Benz 300SL in full song. It's worth the trip, especially if you can't afford the quarter-mil needed to buy one.

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Model No.Mercedes-Benz 300SL
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