The Mercedes-Benz SL is the oldest model produced by the brand with the three-pointed star to date. The SL, introduced in 1954, is one of the longest surviving car models in the world today.
The name “SL” stands for “Sporty-Light” or “Sport Lightweight”. Max Hoffman, a post-war New York-based importer of luxury vehicles, was the one who proposed the idea of a toned-down Gran Prix car aimed at attracting performance car enthusiasts. The first 300 SL gullwing produced in the program.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gullwing from 1954 had a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder with 212 hp, which was impressive for its time. The car had a timeless beauty with its design that featured a two-door layout, sculpted body lines, thin fenders, a one-piece grille, rounded headlights, thin taillights and a curved body. Most of the vehicle’s styling elements later served as the blueprint for the car designs we enjoy today.
The picture below shows how the SL changed from 1954 to 2011 – from the W198 to the R230 models:
Here is another picture that the Development of the SL:
The next photo shows the facelift model of the R231 that we have right now:
The new SL has a more dynamic design and is currently available as a convertible with a retractable hardtop. The vehicle is sold in three trim levels:
- The SL 450 with 3.0-liter V6 develops 367 hp
- The SL 550 with 4.7-liter V8 develops 455 hp
- The AMG SL 63 with 5.5-liter V8 develops 577 hp
The US price for the car starts at $ 89,150.
Meanwhile, the 300 SL gullwing remains as one of the most sought-after Mercedes classic car currently – bring in millions in auctions.