2009 Gullwing-America 300SL Panamericana.

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.

mercedes-benz-300-sl-coupe-bw-fa-do-1280x960The original.

The re-release.

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.


One response to “2009 Gullwing-America 300SL Panamericana.

  1. hmmmm I rather like that… love the tint on the windows. wonder what its like on the inside?

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