Classic Spotlight – 1954 Mercedes 300SL

By Auto News Log • December 21st, 2009

1954 Mercedes 300SL

The best known feature of the 300SL was its “Gullwing” doors. The reason for this design had nothing to do with styling, it was a matter of necessity. The 300SL was built on an extremely light and rigid frame that consisted of a complex latticework of metal tubes. It was also powerful, employing a massively robust 3-liter single-cam six-cylinder engine. 300SLs scored victories in Grand Prix racing, road racing and at Le Mans. In its day the 300SL was just about the fastest car on the road.

Engine: Front-mounted 6
Capacity: 2996 cc
Output: 190 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Top Speed: 154 mph
0-60: 8.3 seconds


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