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Flat Out in a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing


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It was February 6, 1954 when the new W198 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Flugelturen,” or Gullwing, landed at the New York International Motor Sports Show looking like a prop out of Flash Gordon. The car’s designers, fresh from building aircraft and engines for the Reich, had engineered the car’s aircraft-like tube-frame structure for both lightness and strength, especially along the sills where the high box-sections prohibited the use of conventional doors. Gobsmacked, the motoring elite flocked, and it wasn’t long before the likes of Clark Gable and other celebrated luminaries were seen snarling through traffic in one of the 1400 Gullwings to emerge from Mercedes-Benz’s Sindelfingen plant in Germany before production ceased in 1957.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/04/20/flat-out-1955-mercedes-benz-300-sl-gullwing

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Nice to see hardware used as intended. Good show!