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    Thread: 1955 Mercedes Gullwing 300SL

    1. 05-15-2012 03:59 PM #1
      This past saturday morning before driving out to west chester i had the pleasure of seeing this completely original gullwing in person for the first time. An old friend that we haven't seen in awhile owns this car and decided to bring it by. I thought i would share these pics. Enjoy!






      Smartphone pics.
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      05-15-2012 04:04 PM #4
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      One of my all time favorites.
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    6. 05-15-2012 04:07 PM #6
      This isn't the aluminum alloy body model though. This aluminum body one below sold for $4.62m recently

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      05-15-2012 04:07 PM #7
      What a car.

    8. 05-15-2012 04:08 PM #8
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      Luggage goes here

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      05-15-2012 05:11 PM #13
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      05-15-2012 05:24 PM #14
      Gorgeous. I love 300SL's.

      Just make sure the guy wearing blue jeans doesn't sit in that Evora unless the jeans are super old.
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    15. 05-15-2012 05:33 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Brendan@bwalkauto View Post

      Just make sure the guy wearing blue jeans doesn't sit in that Evora unless the jeans are super old.
      The first time i seen that evora interior i thought to myself, i would definitely get that dirty...
      That person in those blue jeans is the owner of the SL
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      05-15-2012 05:44 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by RQ1 View Post
      The first time i seen that evora interior i thought to myself, i would definitely get that dirty...
      That person in those blue jeans is the owner of the SL
      I adore the look of the Oyster interior in the Evora, but at Pebble a few years ago someone wearing a nice new pair of blue jeans stained the leather in a 15 minute drive. At least it wasn't my car.
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    17. 05-15-2012 08:20 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Brendan@bwalkauto View Post
      I adore the look of the Oyster interior in the Evora, but at Pebble a few years ago someone wearing a nice new pair of blue jeans stained the leather in a 15 minute drive. At least it wasn't my car.
      Yeah i think it's save to say i'll stick with those dark colored interiors
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    18. 05-15-2012 08:39 PM #18
      Overall, they are beautiful cars.

      But, I never 'understood' those slats/pods(?) running down the sides.
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    19. 05-15-2012 09:23 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by JLJetta View Post
      Overall, they are beautiful cars.

      But, I never 'understood' those slats/pods(?) running down the sides.
      Ornamentation. Mercedes is and has always been king at this. Icky in my eyes.

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      05-15-2012 09:44 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by JLJetta View Post
      Overall, they are beautiful cars.

      But, I never 'understood' those slats/pods(?) running down the sides.
      Vestigial wings. That was the Jet Age. Everything had a winged component. The little-brother 190SL was a pretty nice car, too, but nothing matched the 300SL. I did prefer the convertible, though.
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      05-16-2012 01:49 AM #24
      I was going to a buddy's shop in late 1999 to see how the restoration on his Porsche 356 Continental was going. After leaving, we were stopped at a red light when I said "Holy s**t Greg, look across the intersection". Low and behold a silver 300SL gullwing. We were going apes**t and apparently the owner saw us and gave us a big wave. Man, that thing was a beauty.
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      05-16-2012 02:03 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by JLJetta View Post
      Overall, they are beautiful cars.

      But, I never 'understood' those slats/pods(?) running down the sides.
      Above the wheels? Ornamentation, but a big part of what makes the car appear to be 'in motion' even when standing still. The grilles on the front fenders are functional vents for engine cooling.

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