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Mercedes-Benz Other 300SL Gullwing 1957

General description : Ground up restoration

In favor of the 2008 season, a weekly audience has tuned into Dream Car Garage for a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration of BASF's 1957 300SL, one of only 76 built in the Gullwing's last year of production. The 300SL Gullwing, a technological and styling marvel, signaled the rebirth of Mercedes in the post war world
A world leader in automotive OEM and refinish technologies, BASF has supplied paint to manufacturers since the dawn of the automotive industry. Over the years, BASF has amassed a collection of classic and exotic cars from many of its strategic customers. BASF bought the 1957 Gullwing a decade ago because the 300SL is a timeless classic, similar to Glasurit's line of automotive refinish products themselves.
Restored from its revolutionary tube frame up and finished with BASF's Glasurit® 90 Line of waterborne automotive finish products, the project was conducted by Dream Car Garage's brother company, Legendary Motorcar.
Peter Klutt, host of Dream Car Garage, arrived at Meadow Brook on Aug. 3, 2008 to participate in the formal handoff of the Gullwing to Jay Baker, Group Vice President of BASF's Coatings Division in North America. Klutt will also conducted a restoration seminar in the BASF-sponsored media tent.
"What a great venue for our official return of the Gullwing to BASF," said Klutt. "We are thrilled to have been involved in this restoration project and are looking forward to sharing it with all of the car enthusiasts coming to this exciting event."
About Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance
Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world. It is held on the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall, a 1920's Tudor-revival mansion built by the widow of John Dodge. The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is an exhibition of automotive design, craftsmanship and history. Over the years, it has served as a significant fundraiser for the preservation of Meadow Brook Hall. Later at the 2008 Concourse d'Elegance, the Legendary Motorcar Restoration Team and BASF paints were rewarded with the pretigious Blue Ribbon award for the restoration completed on this beautiful '57 Gullwing Mercedes.

1957 Mercedes-Benz Other 300SL Gullwing is listed for sale on ClassicDigest in Georgetown by Legendary Motorcar Company Ltd. for Not priced.

 

Car Facts

Car type : Car Make : Mercedes-Benz Model : Other Model Version : 300SL Gullwing Engine size : 0.0 Model Year : 1957 Location : Halton Hills Vehicle Registration : Undefined

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Legendary Motorcar Company Ltd.

Legendary Motorcar Company Ltd.
905-875-4700
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About Mercedes-Benz
In 1886 Karl Benz built Benz Patent Motorwagen widely regarded as the first automobile. Little did he know this was to be the beginning of the world's most renown premium car manufacturer. -Mind you the venture was financed by his wife Bertha Benz.

Not too far Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, started marketing their car in 1901 using now famous name:  Mercedes (Spanish for godsend), which was chosen after their distributor Emil Jellinek's daughter.

To make a long story short, Daimler merged in 1926 with Benz & Cie., becoming Daimler-Benz and adopting Mercedes-Benz as its automobile trademark

Although deemed by some conservative the truth is actually quite the opposite, Daimler-Benz history is filled with 'firsts': Honeycomb radiator, float carburetor,   four wheel brakes 1924, (although Duesenburg Model A was reported to be sporting them as early as 1922), first diesel powered passenger car in 1936, the Mercedes-Benz 260 D,  first direct fuel injection in the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (well not really as tiny 2-stroke Gutbrod actually had the first direct fuel injection) )  front and rear crumple zones ie. safety cell by Béla Barényi patented in 1951 and introduced in “Ponton”-models , Anti-Lock Brake system (ABS) was first offered on the W116 450SEL 6.9, first production airbags...and the list goes on.

During its 100+ years Mercedes has produced more than a fair share of iconic cars; SSKL , 710 SSK Trossi Roadster, 770K Grosser, 540K Spezial Roadster, 300SL Gullwing, w100 600 Pullman, w111 280SE 3.5 Flachkühler, w113 230SL Pagoda, w109 300 SEL 6.3, w201 2.3-16 Cosworth to name just a few.

One should not forget the famous Silver Arrows (Silberpfeile) either: W 25, W 125, w154, w165, w196 all of which were more than capable of trashing their opponents on the track.