Mercedes SL-Class

The Mercedes R107 500SL Rally car does not really come to mind, if one thinks about Mercedes rally activities. Anyone familiar with them knows that Daimler-Benz used only two road-going SL cars for factory supported racing: the 300SL W198 and the 230SL W113. And that was it. Well… was it really? What about a Mercedes […]


The 190SL did not have an easy start in life. Not that it was the black sheep of the family, but neither was it the white swan. It was the little brother of a show business star who had been sent to a gifted plastic surgeon to make him look the part. That beauty was […]


The Mercedes R 230 series SL is the fifth generation of the venerable sports car, if one does not count the 190SL (this is what Daimler-Benz does). Most of its predecessors have been presented to the automotive world in the month of March at the Geneva International Automobile Show. This time it is different. It […]


Mercedes 220SL, the alternative to the 190SL in the 1950s? Mercedes 190SL or 220SL: When talking about this model, we have to look first at the Mercedes 190SL, which would most probably have never been built without the input of Max Hoffman. The Austrian born Hoffman was based in New York and imported a variety […]


300 SL Mercedes, 300 SL W194 and 300 S tested in a wind tunnel In the so-called good old days, cars were styled by intuition, not by wind tunnels. That way we have great cars such as the 300 SL Mercedes Gullwing, styled by Karl Wilfert or the equally important 300 Adenauer and its sibling […]


  When the Mercedes W113 SL was introduced in the early 1960s, this was a prosperous era with many different open car models to choose from. Mercedes was faced with the difficult task of replacing both the mighty 300SL and 190SL with a single successor. And to generate some excitement before the official launch at […]

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