Mercedes-Benz produced 1,400 300 SL Gullwings between 1954 and 1963, of this number just 29 were aluminium alloy bodied like the car you see here. The allow body saved 80 kilograms of weight over the more common steel bodied variant, but its cost was prohibitive for all but the wealthiest of motorists.
Both shared the aluminium tube spaceframe which had been developed to save weight whilst improving rigidity. One of the limitations of the spaceframe was the need for high sills along each side – this necessitated the installation of gullwing doors, which would go on to be the most iconic feature of the 300 SL.
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