The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was the epitome of this racing heritage. SL stood for ‘Sport Leicht’ or Sport Light and the Gullwing was successfully produced from 1954 until 1957. With a top speed of over 155 mph together with its striking looks the 300 SL Gullwing took the public, motoring press and the automotive community by storm.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster was launched at the 1957 Geneva Salon and Mercedes told the press. “The 300 SL Roadster is our response to the demand in many countries for a particularly fast, comfortable, open sports car. This automobile offers a wide range of technical achievements for even greater driving safety and motoring comfort as well as a high standard of practical everyday value for touring in real style.”
Mercedes may well have been accused of being somewhat conservative in their appraisal of their new car. The Roadster would match the Gullwing’s 155 mph making it one of the fastest road cars in the world. In addition, a redesigned rear suspension layout made the car’s handling inherently superior to its predecessor.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster remains, today, a stunningly beautiful supercar. With superlative handling and blinding looks this car would grace any collection and yet remains a practical, sporting, road car.