Review: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300sl Roadster | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 1957 Mercedes-Benz Roadster

Summer 2005. My for a Vintage Car Rally Vacation Rebuilding a very poorly engine vacuums funds allocated for the out of my wallet. What started as an odd became a horror show. My ex-pat Yorkshireman mechanic in British Columbia, removed the and found the forensic remains of a massacre not seen since Pol Pot around in his ’73 Mercedes. Just I had given up on my dreams of a vintage the phone rang with an to co-drive an event in what have called the world’s supercar: the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. I the offer faster than Mr. could frustrate Mr. Ferrari.

The 300SL was a race car adapted to the creation of Daimler-Benz’s US importer Max Hoffman convinced Stuttgart he could sell a street-legal of their W194 race to wealthy Americans. In 1954, at the New Motor Show, Mercedes what they billed as the fastest production car. The that captured the imagination: hinged at the top. The shape when open became so with the 300SL that it the nickname “Gullwing Mercedes” to day. It’s an instantly icon. Oddly however, the drop-top becomes just a old Mercedes; “Joe Average fail to recognize the model those “funny doors.”

The brought another innovation changed the automotive industry: mit mechanisch geregelter E inspritzpumpe (mechanical) fuel injection. the 300SL was Teutonically undramatic. It the 3.0-liter straight six found the Benz lineup of the day, ball steering, swing rear suspension and drum all around. Even so, the 300SL for a phenomenal $11,000 in 1954, its buyers to the thin upper of the upper crust. You could buy Jags and a Corvette with it cost to buy a 300SL new. that exchange rate has maintained, with interest.

Mercedes built 1400 coupes. Some were sold to racers” who ordered performance such as Rudge knock-off aluminum bodywork, and higher engines. In 1957, the coupe was out and the Roadster introduced. The roadster standard with the more engine. Mercedes engineers he rear suspension by lowering the axle’s pivot point, reducing the Gullwing’s notorious to swap ends in tight The automaker created some Roadsters to finish the run (3,258 eight years of production).

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The example I drove was one of the first built in 1957. The state-of-the-art-for-the-era 300SL handles well—for a machine. Having driven a 300SL and an XK 120 (review coming the 300SL beats the Jaguar Although the straight-eight 300SLR competed with the C-type had less torque, they up with, and frequently beat the racing Jags. The 300SL version’s inline-six simply compare to the massive torque of the XK mill, but it has more horsepower. If the is willing (and very, attentive), so is the body.

The 300SL is a quiet car at any speed, and unless you rev the engine past rpm. At that point, the six amazingly loud, with a note from the mechanical gearbox is setup for track or in 4th gear; at street-legal US speeds it low and can’t deliver instant “go torque for passing. In other you must rev it high to wring-out performance. Driving the 300SL requires forethought, planning, and The car I drove has a synchro issue in which required double and careful throttle blipping to an un-Moss (gearbox, not Stirling) downshift. Passing was more a passing problem. Never

In terms of comfort, ergonomics, fit and finish and overall driving the 300SL embarrasses even a Jaguar sports car. The old is an extremely smooth and ergonomically machine, with exceptional evident in every aspect. than the use of rock hard (there is no plastic), you’d the 300SL is a “new” car. some modern equivalents (at in terms of performance), the 300SL can a driver of almost any height. The top is a dream to raise and lower, and away in a beautiful, well-engineered The coupes are reputedly not as comfortable as the due to poor ventilation.

While an could “compete” in vintage and rally events in a 300SL, the car is suited for wealthy owners who to dress to the nines and attend functions with a drop-dead date. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL is  elegance personified.

Toyota 1957 Sports
Toyota 1957 Sports
Toyota 1957 Sports

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