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  Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
1954 - 1957
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
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Specification
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Supercar
Body 2 Door 2 Seat
Coupe
Layout Front Engine
Transmission 4 Speed Manual
Number Built 3258 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details 6 cyl
Capacity
183 in3 
Max Power
240 bhp @6100rpm 
Max Torque
210 lb/ft @5000rpm 
Power to Weight
195 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
171 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 80 bhp/litre 
Compression 8.0:1 
Bore x Stroke
 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
165 mph 
0 - 30 mph
 
0 - 60 mph
7.2 sec 
0 - 100 mph
 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
 
Width
 
Height
 
Weight
2750 lbs 
Wheels (F/R)
 
Tyres (F/R)
 
Fuel Capacity
 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £650000 - £1000000
 
Profile

Born out of Mercedes' successful Le Mans racers of the early 50's, the aluminium bodied 300SL has gone down as one of the all time classic road cars. First shown at the 1954 New York Motor Show, the distinctive 'Gull Wing' doored 300SL was said to be the world's fastest production car with a claimed 165mph. The fuel injected 3 litre flat 6 pushed out at least 240bhp for unrivalled straight line urge, although handling had a tendency towards oversteer.

1400 examples were built from 54-57 until being superseded by the more practical Roadster, which stayed in production for another 6 years.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
61% 67% 0% 0
Ranks 579 of 765 Ranks 486 of 765 Ranks 598 of 765 Ranks 617 of 765

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