1957-1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

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The Low Down

In 1957, Mercedes-Benz elected to replace the 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ coupé with the more conventional Roadster, which debuted at the Geneva Show in March that year. Sales of the ‘Gullwing’ had tapered ...

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Simon Says

“If the ‘Gullwing’ evokes Stirling Moss, the Roadster conjures up Sophia Loren and is therefore - unsurprisingly - less likely to kill you. What it lacks in outright ‘wow factor’ it more than makes up for in user-friendly sex appeal”

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Years built: 1957-1963
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 300 SL Roadster
Coachbuilder: Factory
Body: Convertible/ Roadster
Engine Size: 2992cc straight-six
Bhp: 225
0-60 secs: 7.6 secs
Top Speed Mph: 150 mph
Category: Grand Touring
Event Eligibility: Colorado Grand | Pebble Beach Concours | Villa d'Este

Did You Know?

The aluminium-block engine so prized by modern-day collectors was a source of trouble in period and a number of cars received factory replacement engines under warranty when almost new. The last 30...