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The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing: From $10,950 to $1.4 Million

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (chassis code W 198) is a two-seat sports car that was produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1954 to 1957 as a gullwinged coupé and from 1957 to 1963 as a roadster. The car's three-liter overhead camshaft straight-six engine produced much more power because to a mechanical direct fuel injection system that was installed in it.

The W194 racing car built by the manufacturer in 1952 is where the 300 SL got its start. The vehicle is among the most recognizable and iconic vehicles ever made. When it made its stunning debut at the International Motor Sports Show in New York in February 1954, it emanated both elegance and ingenuity in equal measure.

The 3.0-liter straight-six engine in the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing produces 215 horsepower. It features a single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder, and produces 212 bhp (215 PS/158 kW) of power at 5800 rpm and 275 Nm (203 lb-ft/28 kgm) of torque at 4600 rpm.

The engine is dry-sumped and naturally aspirated. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing can reach high speeds of 130–161 mph and can accelerate from 0–60 mph in about 8.8 seconds.

When first offered, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing cost $6,820. Some of the Gullwings may now be purchased at auctions for $1.4 million or more.

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