300SL Gullwing for 2009
The iconic 300SL Gullwing is an inspiration to many – both collectors and designers. Just as Mercedes is working on its SLS AMG ‘gullwing’, Arturo Alonso and his company, Gullwing-America, have produced their own take on the legendary model – the 2009 300 SL Panamericana.
Alonso, who has raced the Carrera many times himself in a Mercedes 300SE, says the concept is intended to combine the Carrera Panamericana cars of the 1950s with new technology – including air-conditioning and power steering.
The car’s body uses composite technology from the aircraft industry, with a 0.5mm-thick layer of aluminum sprayed into a mould, over which an epoxy adhesive is laid, followed by several layers of woven glass cloth. The chassis has independent suspension with adjustable coil-overs, disc brakes all round, and a 365bhp 5.5-litre Mercedes engine mated to a six-speed transmission.
The wheels are ‘old-school’ 17 X 8 AMG alloys with red AMG calipers, while the stripes on the livery mimic the works cars from La Carrera.
Text: Charis Whitcombe
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