Imagine you are developing a car. First, the floor pan, frame, then engine, seats, etc., and at the end you want to put up the doors, but must say that this is not accomplished in conventional ways. What now? The design in the garbage or an innovative solution will be sought. The engineers at Mercedes focused in 1953, the same decision and decided against the dumpster. She unscrewed the door hinges to the roof and inventing entirely new doors. The aerodynamically favorable form of the gull-wing allowed a top speed of over 200 km/h. What today elicits no valve behind the stove, was then a sensation! To get the SL at this speed, it was first necessary to go into the vehicle. This turned out won’t be not too easy. One, by the underlying trellis frame, very wide sill wanted to be overcome. The steering wheel does not slip into facilitating the deep position of the seats now, so we devised is another highlight. The steering wheel could be folded down! Between 1954 and 1957 1,400 copies of the Gullwing was built, which were delivered at about 1,100 in the United States. The United States, more specifically, the importer Max Hoffman was the reason for the development of the 300 SL road car. He worked on the Mercedes-board until one, about 6 months prior to the subsequent presentation, decided to build the SL. He saw a large market for sports cars outside Europe, the high export share of total gave him quite definitely! 55 years after the Gullwing Mercedes shows the legitimate heirs, the Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS.The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. Later it was offered as an open roadster. It was the fastest production car of its day.
Built by Daimler-Benz AG and internally numbered W198, the fuel-injected road version was based (somewhat loosely) on the company's highly successful competition-only sports car of 1952, the somewhat less powerful carbureted Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194).
The road model was suggested by Max Hoffman. Being intended for customers in the booming post-war American market it was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show, unlike previous models introduced at either the Frankfurt or Geneva shows. In Mercedes-Benz fashion, the "300" referred to the engine's three litre cylinder displacement. The "SL" stood for "Sport Leicht" (Sport Light).
The 300SL was best known for both its distinctive gull wing doors and being the first-ever four-stroke car equipped with a gasoline direct injection. The gull wing version was available from March 1955 to 1957. Production of the roadster ended in 1963 with the introduction of the 230SL.
The racing genes of the 300 SL tempted renowned racing drivers and privateers from all over the world to enter sports car races and rallies