Poetry in Motion – 300SL Gullwing from eGarage on Vimeo.

By Jeff Sabatini, Autoblog

The phrase “instant classic” gets thrown around a lot these days, and applied to all sorts of mediocre stuff, from mass produced retro muscle cars to Italian exotics that are astonishing only by virtue of price. Truth be told, you can probably count the numbers of cars that have ever been deserving of such a label on one hand (and perhaps have a finger or two left over). Certainly the Mercedes-Benz 300SL is one of the few.

First introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show and produced for only four years, the amazing “Gullwing” is as shocking a sight to behold today as it was some six decades ago. Seeing this icon on the street was rare even in period, as Mercedes sold fewer than 1,500. Today, with values in the $800,000 range, Gullwings are more often than not ogled from afar or treated with care more befitting a Faberge egg than a 160-mile-per-hour sports car.

That circumstance only makes this four-minute video all that much more wonderful, as it is likely the best modern footage of a 300SL extant. With plenty of artistic camerawork and excellent sound recording of the direct-injected 3-liter six at full throttle, we’re betting you’ll want to watch it twice. Hearing the car’s unidentified owner talk about owning and driving it made us want to cheer a little, as he’s our kind of car guy, someone who feels that cars were meant to be driven and enjoyed rather than locked away in a museum.

Here’s to hoping that maybe director Josh Clason might cut together an extended version.

  1. Great video! Very cool car.

  2. JJ

    ‘Kicked loose some cobwebs with that one Gary.
    Thank you.

  3. Walter Gomez

    Great video, great color for a 300SL! A couple of years ago, was on my afternoon walk when I realized I was close to the home of a ’63 Studebaker Avanti. So I decided to walk up to the house where the Avanti is parked, looked left to cross the street, and there at the intersection of Old Santa Fe Trail and Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico was a white 300SL Roadster, top down, driven by an older gentleman and I presume his wife! Wow! It lasted a brief few seconds, then it turned right towards downtown. I don’t know if it “lives” here in S.F., but I haven’t seen it since.

  4. Juergen Stoldt

    Thank’s for posting this great video.
    I had the chance many years ago to sit in one and It’s been a life long dream to own one. I think it will allways be a dream and I have to be content
    with the 300SL scale model I have sitting on my shelf.

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