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300 SL Production History
The 300 SL Gull Wing and 300 SL Roadster were built in Sindelfingen, Germany between 1954 and 1963. The Gull Wing and Roadster share many of the same parts, the same race bred engineering and the outstanding craftsmanship of the people of Mercedes Benz. Both models were continuously improved throughout their production cycle. As late as 1961, major improvements were introduced that exemplified the Mercedes Benz philosophy of delivering the best motor cars to their customers.
The 300 SL marked the end of era at Mercedes Benz and was the last design to use a separate body and frame. The direct fuel injection system of the 300 SLs was replaced by simpler manifold port systems and would not reappear in production cars until the late 2000s.
The 300 SL set the look for all the Mercedes Benz sports cars that followed. The iconic grille, with its large center star and elongated grille opening, would be repeated on every generation of SL. The twin bulges on the hood and side vents, functional and efficient on the Gull Wing, would reappear as styling cues on other sports cars that followed the legendary 300 SLs. The large tachometer and speedometer, centered in the driver’s view, would become a symbol of the sports car instrument panel.
Best of all, the 300 SL represented the people of Mercedes Benz. Faced with the limited resources of post war recovery, the racing department and its leaders displayed resourceful ingenuity and built winning race cars with legendary track records. The pride of the factory workers is evident in their faces in the 300 SL production line factory photos. No outside shop or specialty contractor shared the accomplishments…the stunning success of the 300 SLs and their racing counterparts represented the determination and skill of the people that are Mercedes Benz.
Production Summary | Gull Wing Group