Mercedes 300 SL Gullwings 1964

The Mercedes 300 SL Gullwings is the most coveted Mercedes among car collectors and therefore the most expensive. If you can see this Mercedes 300 SL Gullwings for once in real life you will do everything to sit in it, let alone drive it. On this painting I pictured it in a closed version. Usually you see the Mercedes 300 SL Gullwings with its doors open but just like this Mercedes I am averse to the influence of others. This painting of a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwings can be printed very large on different materials. - BUY THIS PRINT AT FINE ART AMERICA ENGLISH WADM / OH MY PRINTS DUTCH / FRENCH / GERMAN -

The first Mercedes 300 SL was the Gullwings, which was named after the renowned racing driver. The car was produced from 1953 to 1964. It was the last model to use the six-cylinder engine. A remote oil tank, along the left front fender, holds 16 quarts of oil. It is also coupled with an adequate oil cooler, which allows the car to maintain full power without losing oil temperature. The 300 SL's greatest challenge is keeping the oil hot enough to boil the gasoline dilution.

The Gullwing's front-end load was approximately 600 pounds. The car's engine assembly and differential with half shafts weighed around 900 pounds. The design team sought to reduce weight and make the heavy components lighter. The team was fortunate enough to find a solution. Uhlenhaut had designed a lattice of welded tubes for British occupation forces. The lattice distributed the front end loads longitudinally and rose to a peak forward of the firewall. This was the basis for the Gull Wing space frame chassis.

Originally, the Gull Wing group was formed in 1961 by sixteen coupe owners in the San Francisco Bay area. Membership in the organization was strictly social, so it was not compulsory to own a 300 SL in order to become a member. Members were then asked to share their technical knowledge with those who were not as lucky. The result was a vast volume of technical information. With this in mind, the group grew quickly and gained a worldwide reputation.