A truly unusual looking car, the 300SL Gullwing is unique among the Mercedes brand. Introduced in 1954 as a two-seat coupé with distinctive gullwing doors, the 300 SL was also the first car to feature fuel injection and boasted the world’s fastest top speed back in the day—accelerating to a then-unheard of 160 miles per hour. The original coupé was available from March 1955 to 1957. A modified roadster version was produced until 1963 when the car then went out of production. Popular with post-war Americans in the 1950s, the 300 SL is named after its 3.0-liter engine, with the “SL” standing for “Sport Light” vehicle. Unveiled at the 1954 New York Auto Show, the Mercedes 300SL was an immediate hit. And it has only grown in esteem among collectors over the years, many of whom covet the car for its unique gullwing doors. This car has sold for as much as $1.5 million at auction.
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