Mercedes is already busily working away on an all-new version of the 300SL in the form of the SLS AMG Gullwing, so what's this one all about then?
Gullwing-America Company founder Arturo Alonso decided that the classic styling of the original 300SL was too good to part with and has announced the creation of a retro-inspired modern-day 300SL.
The 300SL Panamericana will feature classic styling with modern day luxury appointments and technology.
At this stage these renderings are all we have, but Gullwing-America (the company behind the project) has released a handful of details on what to expect when the vehicle arrives here in reality.
The 300SL will be based on a reproduction model from Hoope'r, Gullwing-AG in Germany and will feature a aluminium-reinforced fibreglass body with a powder coated steel chassis.
Independent suspension including adjustable coil-overs will support four wheel disc brakes and older style 17 inch AMG alloy wheels.
Forget all that though, what really matters is that a Mercedes-Benz 5.5 litre V8 engine will be sitting beneath that long elegant hood.
A six speed transmission will channel 276kW (370hp) and 530Nm (386lb-ft) of torque to the rear wheels with a 238kW (320hp) V6 said to be on offer in 2010.
There's no word on pricing just yet, but expect the modern day classic to pull modern day luxury car prices. We'll update you with further information as the project continues. Stay tuned.
Here is the the rebirth of an Icon, the 2009 300 SL Panamericana, based on a Reproduction from Hoope'r, Gullwing-AG in Germany, who produce the closest model you can get to the real thing. Arturo Alonso and his company, Gullwing-America , modified this already outstanding automobile into an exotic for the 21st century.
A combination of the Glorious Carrera Panamericana cars of the 50's and new technology, they came out with this incredible sports car, Alonso himself raced the Carrera for years in a Mercedes 300SE, where the passion for this legendary Race and the Mercedes was born.
The 300SL body is constructed with the use of aircraft composite technology. This construction comprises of a sprayed layer of aluminum to a thickness of .5mm into the mold over which an epoxy adhesive is laid and several layers of 7oz woven glass cloth are then applied with epoxy resin.
Chassis is made from RHS steel reinforced and powder coated, has independent suspension with adjustable coil overs, four wheel disk brakes, a 5.5 liter Mercedes engine, (M-133-55) the one used on the AMG Mercedes models and the SLR, mated to a six speed transmission, special made radiator and exhaust system.
The Panamericana will have a re tuned electronics raising the HP about 370, 530nm of torque @5400RPM. The car will sit lower, have speedtronic transmission, side mufflers, no bumpers, a special grill, four spoke leather steering wheel with power assist, a start button, A/C , a four point harness, Becker Mexico Radio with CD and I pod adapter, and fitted leather luggage. It also includes specially made old school 17 X 8 AMG wheels all around with 235/45/17 Continental Sport contact tires, AMG calipers painted in red, HID headlights, and stripes on the fenders like the "Works" Cars from La Barrera.
For 2010 there will also be the option for the new V6 Mercedes engine (M-272-E35) used on the 350 Models, which has almost the same power of the V8 ( 320HP And 360nm torque @4900RPM)) and could be ordered with a manual six speed.
The cars will all be painted in silver with blue accents in the front fenders like the race cars of the Panamericana, there is the option of a white with red stripes and a Black version. The interiors will be red cover in leather and plaid cloth, typical from that model; The instrument panel is identical as the original 300Sl.
Gullwing-America thinks that this is a true rebirth of the legendary 300SL Gullwing. Updated with technology from 50 years later, the car will be more powerful and handle better than the original. It will be a very drivable car with all the convenient accessories like air conditioning, power steering, etc. from modern cars.
For price and more information contact Arturo Alonso at [email protected]