Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. The original. Photo by John Balsom. Words by Mike Goodbun. Source: Mr. Porter.
The 160mph gull-wing is the height of 1950s automotive design and technological know-how: the Bugatti Veyron of its day. With a racing-derived, fuel-injected six-cylinder engine and those signature roof-hinged doors - a necessity due to its spaceframe construction - it is equally at home swooping starlets off their stiletto-heeled feet in Hollywood as it is flying along the Brescia-Rome-Brescia route of Italy’s Mille Miglia race, emulating Sir Stirling Moss. He used a gull-wing to recce the course before his fastest-ever 1955 victory in a 300 SLR.
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300sl Racing Sport Coupe