Mercedes Benz 300 SL
Name: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Manufacturer: Unknown (not written on the underbelly)
Price: Rs ??? (Its an old model, don’t recall the price)
A small note before I begin… While I managed the shoot of this model, I forgot to make a note of the manufacturer and the scale. I’ll update that I get my hands on the model (It’s not at my place right now)
I’ve always loved the gullwing style of doors, and I can trace this back to the Thunder Hawk which used to be driven by Matt Trakker from M.A.S.K. I bought this silver merc as a gift, and I spotted it lying around when I thought I’d try and give it a shoot. This is the biggest car I’ve shot till date and also the only car I have access to right now that has movable front wheels. I decided to put that to maximum advantage! But first, borrowing a page from Jigsaw’s book, I’ll introduce the car.
Excerpts from Wikipedia:
“The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. Later it was offered as an open roadster. It was the fastest production car of its day.
Built by Daimler-Benz AG and internally numbered W198, the fuel-injected road version was based (somewhat loosely) on the company’s highly successful competition-only sports car of 1952, the somewhat less powerful carbureted Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194).
The road model was suggested by Max Hoffman. Being intended for customers in the booming post-war American market it was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show, unlike previous models introduced at either the Frankfurt or Geneva shows. In Mercedes-Benz fashion, the “300” referred to the engine’s three litre cylinder displacement. The “SL” stood for “Sport Leicht” (Sport Light).
The 300SL was best known for both its distinctive gull wing doors and being the first-ever four-stroke car equipped with a Gasoline direct injection. The gull wing version was available from March 1955 to 1957. Production of the roadster ended in 1963 with the introduction of the 230SL.”
And here’s a pic of the car that I found on seriouswheels.com
Anyways, enough with the trivia, on to the photos!
The car was a definitely beauty at the time I bought it. Its chrome has faded with time and there’s dust in hard-to-reach places. It also lacks a lot of details that the much more higher priced models in this scale / size have but since I didn’t have that kinda money then, I didn’t splurge on a high-end model. On to the interior shots…
And the 360…
All doors open!
When I compare it to the full size car in the photo right at the start, I like the details and it all looks great until you get to the wheels… this model has ‘spoked’ wheels where as the full size seems to have regular wheels. Whether those were available as options or not, I’m not sure. Over all, a good model (I’m still not spoilt over the high end models in this range 😉 )