Like many great cars, the roots of this one lie in motor sports. After the end of WWII, Mercedes came back to competitions on a tight budget by utilizing the existing 300 engine. It was mated with tubular steel frame covered with an aluminum body. Because of the tubular steel frame chassis, the car required different doors. This is how the Gullwing was born. Like W194 endurance sports car, which finished 1-2 in 1952 Le Mans competition and later experienced road going transformation. This Mercedes-Benz 300 SL art is dedicated to this very vehicle.
This Mercedes-Benz 300 SL art is dedicated to one of the most spectacular cars ever made
After W194 retirement as a race car inevitably happened, Max Hoffman visited Stuttgart. The importer of high-end European cars in the USA insisted that Mercedes-Benz needs luxury sports car tailor made for the American market. He led the board to approval of such project and the 300 SL was born. Keeping the racing pedigree and delivering even some more. The 3-liter straight-6 engine featured Bosch direct-mechanical fuel injection responsible for more efficient combustion and higher power. The engine was capable of 220 hp, enough for a max speed of 250 km/h, depending on final drive ratio. In mid-50`s this was strikingly fast.
The unique injection was chain driven and this caused fuel leakage in the oil pan due to excess amount of gasoline in cylinders after the engine was switched off. That is why 300 SL experts strongly recommend oil change to be performed at every 1000 miles. 300 SL retained the fixed windows from the racing W194 which combined with the absence of air-conditioning forced open door driving. Quite spectacular, isn’t it?
Now you can make yours this beautiful piece of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL art created by Nicolas Cancelier and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.