How To Drive A Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Flat Out

By | January 5, 2015

 

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL has been and will always be one of my favorite cars ever made.  If the gull-wing doors don’t do it for you, surely the sleek body lines and bubble top roof do.  The car has one of the most gorgeous straight on profiles around with just the right amount of slope and definition to its long hood, a simple yet elegant grille, and all framed by those iconic round headlights.

The classy Benz isn’t all about looks either.  It was a big time trend setter.  When the car came out in the early 50′s, it’s straight six put out over 200 horsepower.  That was big time power back in those days.  Plus it was one of the first cars to utilize direct injection as its method of fueling the engine.  That’s a technology that is just now coming back and being realized as the most efficient way to get power, fuel economy, and be emissions compliant. Roll all of these factors into a car that is over a half-century old and you get a very collectible and very expensive ride.  Most 300 SL’s are worth millions.  Which brings us to this guy above.  The red gullwing appears to be museum quality and yet its driver proceeds to take it flat out over a mountain road at speeds in excess of 100 mph.  There are a few instances when the noise or tail… or both get a little squirly.  Either the driver has boat loads of money or boat loads of testosterone.  We’re thinking both.  He may be crazy but you have to admit.  The dude’s got skills.  Enjoy.

 

Source: Motor Authority; Road & Track


1 Comment

Chance Hales on January 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm.

My favorite 300SL is the one that roams around the Salt Flats during Speed Week. It was built for Land Speed Racing and is still used to do it.

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