There is nothing quite like a sexy mouthful of a car name. Like my personal favourite car and car name, the 1952 Ferrari GT 250 California. Just saying it feels like you might even own the car.
Say “GT 250” out loud now. Do it.
“GT 250” – feels good, doesn’t it?
Now say “1952 Ferrari GT 250.”
NOW say, “Ferrari GT 250 CALIFORNIA!”
Whaah! How awesome is that?!
Back to the point of this story, they’ve gone and recreated one of the absolute Mercedes Benz classics – The Gullwing!
Let us peruse..
The 2009 Gullwing-America 300 SL Panamericana
My God, how cool is that car?
It makes sense that I found it on the TheCoolHunter (same place I found out about the Puma Clydes, funnily enough). Let’s get the low-down on what is actually going on here with this beautiful beast of a machine.
Another iconic vehicle is about to be reborn and brought into the 21st century. This time it is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL that is getting the make-over treatment (thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the car with the batman-esque doors to you and me, or Gull-wings as they are known in the car business).
This beautiful badboy, first introduced to the roads in 1954, is to be modified by Arturo Alonso and his company, Gullwing America. This time round it will be much more powerful, easier to handle and of course, it will feature all the mod-cons that one has come to expect from a vehicle of its caliber.
Alonso is perhaps the best man to complete this task, being no stranger to the exotic car sector. He raced for years in a Mercedes 300SE, and he is also the engineer behind the Bentley S3 E concept from last year.
With an aluminum body constructed with aircraft composite technology and chassis made of powder coated steel, the car will be powered by MercedesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ M-133-55 engine, wired to raise the horsepower to 370. The new model will also feature striking red leather interior and an old-school instrument panel. The only hard thing left to do is to decide if you want the white one or the black one
Nice vibe, I might just have to put my name down for one.
Although getting one’s hands on the original MIGHT be just that little bit cooler.
Let’s have a look:
The 1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing
The doors are one thing, but notice how they’ve kept the fins on the side and the eye brow strips above the wheels.
I’m adding fins on my thighs – for both performance and design reasons.
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