How nice is the life of a former Formula 1 champion? So nice that Nico Rosberg drives through the picturesque city of Monaco in his own Mercedes 300SL Gullwing from 1955. The German-Finnish boy is currently driving Mercedes cars on the world’s most famous racetracks.
Rosberg is not only a world-famous racing driver, but also a fan of classic cars. One of the classic cars he owns is the 1955 Gullwing, a beautiful dream of a car that requires a special driver to operate. Rosberg is special enough and generous enough to capture his drive through Monaco and share it with us, mere mortals.
We prefer to sit in the driver’s seat, of course, but even the masterful driver puts in gear when driving on a city street. We want to be the next passenger, but that’s impossible. So let’s be satisfied with this virtual test drive and enjoy the view and the comments.
Rosberg said a car like the 1955 Gullwing has many special procedures, including a fan that needs to be turned on manually while driving to prevent the car from overheating. The F1 Formula Champion also pointed out that the gullwing driver would have to wait for the oil to reach 130 degrees before cranking the engine above 3,000 RPM. The gullwing was not also designed for traffic, so the driver has to take an additional car with him to keep it neutral if possible.
These are all minor nuisances, of course. If you are lucky enough to have a Mercedes 300SL gullwing from 1955, these little procedures make the car even more special and unique.