The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is a quicker, sharper handling, and certainly more expensive take on the exclusive Gullwing Coupe and Roadster.
The Giugiaro Brivido Concept is a modern example of a now dimming Italian art form.
It’s now been more than 60 years that Mercedes-Benz SL sports cars have been featured in Hollywood movies. Here’s one: 1957-1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL it appeared in “Pillow Talk” with Doris Day, “It started with a Kiss” with Glenn Ford, “Cinderfella” with Jerry Lewis, “The Lost World” with Michael Rennie and “High Time” starring Bing Crosby.
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.