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Friday, 24 April 2009

Gullwing replica may help reproduce 1952 300 SL

When you first heard about the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, you may have missed the original 300 SL, or, as we prefer to call it, the Gullwing. What you might not have known is that you may buy a brand new 300 SL produced by Gullwing-AG, a company that counts on the expertise of Hooper & Co to produce a replica that respects most of the Gullwing's appearance details. The guts, on the other hand, are modern, with in-line six-cylinder engines (from E300 and E320), automatic (four-speed) or manual (five-speed) gearboxes, ABS, air-conditioning and independent suspension. This is the basis over which Arturo Alonso plans to built an homage to a classic racing car, the 1952 300 SL Carrera Panamerica.

Instead of the six-cylinder engines, the car will get power from the 5.5-litre V8 engine already used by G55 AMG, for example. Power, which is 388 bhp on the G Class, is lowered to 370 hp, while torque remains the same: 530 Nm.

Apparently, Alonso's company, Gullwing-America, expects for people to start ordering the cars in order to get them done. Meanwhile, all we have are these computer renderings that give us tips on what the vehicles will look like, if they ever hit the production lines. In case they don't, it is always possible to order the 300 SL from Gullwing-AG. We have tried to contact the company, but did not manage to do so until now.

Source: World Car Fans

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