The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was produced 1954-1963. First as a 1954-1957 coupe with gullwing doors, then 1957-1963 as a roadster.

The fuel-injected direct production version was based on the company's least powerful camshahead overhead carbureted straight-6 engine 1952 racer, the W194.

Mercedes-Benz introduced the 300 SL in February 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York rather than in Europe and was largely the marketing creation of Max Hoffman. It was voted "Sports Car of the Century" in 1999.

The 300 refers to its engine displacement of 300 centiliters or more specifically 2996 cc (182.8 in.).

SL is the abbreviated form of "super light" in German and refers to the construction of the lightweight tubular frame.

 

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