Growing up in a car-collecting family does wonders on a person. For example, I became extremely adept at identifying the make of a car by the sound of its engine, and I can still name the make of a car by only seeing the slightest bit of detail. Since today is my parents 30th wedding anniversary, I thought I’d honor thy family with this auto-centric post.
Even if you lack an automobile education, surely you can still appreciate the beauty that is the Mercedes Benz SL-300 Gullwing Coupe. Unlike its predecessors (which were first introduced in Europe), this make of Mercedes debuted at the New York Auto Show in 1954, in hopes of attracting a post-War American customer base, and it worked — the SL 300 Gullwing Coupe sold 1400 units in the US alone, comprising about 80% of total purchases and catapulted the reputation of Mercedes from a maker of solid vehicles to a manufacturer of sports cars.
Now, more than 55 years later, the Gullwing Coupe is set to be re-released by Gullwing America with a retro-modern look and a considerably higher price tag — the original cost around $11,000! The reissue features a four-spoke, leather steering wheel and an instrument panel identical to the original 300SL. The Gullwing’s interior will be covered in red leather and plaid cloth, also typical of the original make. I won’t get into the technical specifics, such as the horsepower, etc., but it’s safe to say the Panamericana will be nicely updated and outfitted with all modern conveniences.