Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing 

  • built in Germany
  • 1955
  • 240 HP 3.0L
  • 150 mph
 
To stay competitive in sports car racing, Mercedes-Benz offered a handful of 300 SL Coupes with aluminum-alloy bodies.
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Based on the W194 racecars which won Le Mans, the 300 SL was fully capable and raced at events like the Mille Miglia.
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Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing

Top speed

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
150 mph
Veyron
253 mph
Tuatara
n.d.

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing

Number built

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
29 cars
Veyron
300 cars
Tuatara
n.d.

Horsepower

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
240 HP
Tuatara
1,350 HP
Veyron
987 HP

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In The News From around the web

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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing

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The weight reduction of 200 lbs meant the alloy cars had a clear advantage on the race track.
With these alloy cars, Mercedes-Benz could improve the pedigree of the production version which was outwardly identical.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Mercedes-Benz
Type of car Production car
Year 1955
Highest auction price 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe, $1.375M, January 2011
Number built 29 cars

transmission

Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.34:1
  2. 2: 1.97:1
  3. 3: 1.39:1
  4. 4: 1:1
Axle ratio 3.64:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 381/? 127
Rear wheels 381/? 127

road tests

Top speed 150 mph

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.04 lb/hp
Maximum hp 240 HP @ 6,100 RPM
Maximum torque 217 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,996 cc
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 8.55:1
Bore/stroke 3.3 in / 3.5 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,650 lb
Width 70 in
Height 51.2 in
Length 166 in
Front track width 54.5 in
Wheelbase 94.5 in
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