3. Mercedes SL300 Gullwing - the most beautiful car ever?

The daddy of the Mercedes SL (which stands for Super-Leicht or Superlight) grand tourers the SL300 Gullwing is now more than 60 years old but still considered by many to be one of the world's most beautiful cars in history. Built between 1954 and 1957, its futuristic looks, innovative design and high price tag meant that the Gullwing 300SL became an instant motoring icon and the car of choice for the stars.

The 201bhp Gullwing didn't just look like it came from the future, it drove like it came from the future. Here are just some of the innovations this model brought to market:

  • the first 4 cycle gas injection car sold to the public.

  • It also included a tubular space frame offering lightweight and unrivalled strength.

  • The car had an extremely low and aerodynamic body, thanks to mounting the engine at a 50-degree angle.

  • All gears also featured synchromesh, which was unheard of at the time.

  • One odd feature of the Gullwing Mercedes is the inclusion of a passenger horn button.

Despite its age, this car still turns heads and is still referred to in hushed tones when petrol heads talk about that small group of vehicles that can truly be described as mobile art. With a price tag of over £1m for a standard Gullwing 300SL and many multiplies of this for something really special this a car that very few will ever own.

The stats

Engine Type3.0-Liter In-Line 6-Cylinder w/ Bosch Fuel Injection

Transmission Type 4-Speed Manual

Drive Style Rear-Wheel Drive

Acceleration (0-60 mph) 8.8 seconds

Top Speed 130 mph

Author: JamesG

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