Since the inception of the car, at which Mercedes-Benz played a significant role, the manufacturer with the three-point star on the hood made some of the most notable vehicles in the automotive history. Mercedes-Benz 300SL art pays tribute to one of them. The 300SL W198, also known as the car "with the wings" was voted the "sports car of the century" in 1999. As a result, the 300SL is considered to be one of the technological marvels coming from post-war Germany.

The technical novelties featured a light tubular frame, upward going doors, and a 3-Liter longitudinally mounted 6-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection.

 

The Mercedes W198. Some might say it's the first supercar.

It was the fastest car of its time with a top speed of 259 km/h. Only the fastest modern everyday vehicles are capable of such speed. The Gullwing was tricky to drive. Because of its swing-axle rear suspension and drum brakes, the Gullwing was tricky to drive too.

Sure the Mercedes W198 was a technical achievement, but the fact it even exists is most captivating. It was the United States importer who convinced Mercedes to derive a road car out of the W194 racecar. Some consider it to be the world's first ever supercar. We would not jump in an argument whether it is the Gullwing or Lamborghini Miura, but they both had what it takes. Certainly, the exclusivity, high speed and price tag made the car a strong statement even for the rich and famous.

 

A genuine racing pedigree.

This Mercedes is a car driven by most prominent pilots in its era. Sir Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, John Fitch and Paul O'Shea, to name a few. By the way, Sir Moss holds "forever" course record for his famous Mille Miglia finish in 1955 by becoming the first and only Briton to win the Mille Miglia outright.

Among its technical novelties, unusual doors, and spectacular competition performance, the Gullwing stands out with its sheer elegance. This is what a gifted car artist as Łukasz Myszynski have kept and represented in his latest Mercedes-Benz 300SL art.

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