Like many great cars, the roots of this one are in motorsports. After the end of WWII, Mercedes comes back to competitions on a tight budget. The Bavarians decide to utilize the existing 300 engine. It is matched with a tubular steel frame in an aluminium body. Because of the tubular steel frame chassis, the car requires different doors. This is how Gullwing is born - a W194 endurance sports car, which finishes 1-2 in 1952 Le Mans and later experiences road-going transformation. Nicolas Cancelier's art print is inspired by the spectacular Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

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This Mercedes-Benz 300 SL art celebrates a spectacular car

After W194 inevitable retirement from racing, Max Hoffman visits Stuttgart. The importer of high-end European cars in the USA insists that Mercedes-Benz needs luxury sports car that are tailor-made for the American market. He gently pushes the Bavarian management to approve the project and 300 SL is born.

The car keeps the racing pedigree of its successors and demonstrates even more. The 3-litre straight-6 engine features Bosch direct-mechanical fuel injection responsible for more efficient combustion and higher power. The engine is capable of 220 hp, enough for a max speed of 250 km/h, depending on the final drive ratio. For the mid-'50s this is an exceptional accomplishment.

The unique injection is chain-driven. After the engine switches off this causes fuel leakage in the oil pan due to excess amount of gasoline in cylinders. That is why 300 SL experts strongly recommend oil change at every 1000 miles. 300 SL retains the fixed windows from the racing W194. This is combination with the absence of air-conditioning requires open door driving. Quite spectacular, isn’t it?

Order now at Simply Petrol marketplace this elegant piece of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL art by Nicolas Cancelier.

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Print comes rolled in a cardboard tube with caps on each side. We leave up to 2 inches depending on the size to each side to allow for future framing and matting, if desired or help your artwork “breath” and “glance”. Hang or store ideally at a relative humidity of 35 to 65, between 10 and 30” C (50 - 86F). We guarantee a gallery quality print which will not fade, or yellow even facing direct sunlight and will remain light resistant for up to a century.