Monday, May 4, 2009

Mercedes-Benz Gullwing 300SL Panamericana

2009 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing 300SL PanamericanAnother iconic vehicle is about to be reborn and brought into the 21st century, this time it is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL that is getting the make-over treatment (that’s the car the with batman-esque doors to you and me, or Gull-wings as they are known in the car business).
This beautiful badboy which was first introduced to the roads in 1954 is to be modified by Arturo Alonso and his company, Gullwing-America, and this time round being much more powerful, easier to handle and of course will feature all the mod-cons that one would come to expect for a vehicle of its calibre.

Alonso is perhaps the best man to complete this task, being no stranger to the exotic car sector. He himself raced for years in a Mercedes 300SE and was the same engineer behind the Bentley S3 E concept from last year.

With an aluminium body constructed with the use of aircraft composite technology and steel enforced powder coated chassis, the car will be powered by Mercedes' M-133-55 engine, wired to raise the horsepower to 370. Also featuring striking red leather interior and an old-school instrument panel, the only hard thing left to decide is if you want the white one or the black one. - Brendan McKnight

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