300SL Panamericana Concept revives the legendary Mercedes-Benz

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

A revived legend in the form of the 2009 300 SL Panamericana derived on a reproduction from Hoope'r, Gullwing-AG in Germany, who produced a replica that's almost identical to the original. Gullwing-America, owned by Arturo Alonso, revised the already spectacular vehicle into a 21st century sensation. It combines the features of the 1950's glorious Carrera Panamericana cars with the latest technology, thereby producing an amazing sports car.

Alonso's passion for the iconic Race and the Mercedes began when he raced the Carrera for some years in a Mercedes-Benz 300SE. The body of the 300SL is made using aircraft composite technology.

The construction process involved the spraying of a layer of aluminum to a thickness of 0.5mm into a mold over which an epoxy adhesive is places and quite a few layers of 7oz woven glass cloth are then applied in epoxy resin.

RHS steel strengthened and powder coated compose the chassis, and comes with autonomous suspension with adaptable coil overs, 4-wheel disk brakes, a 5.5 liter Mercedes powerplant, M-133-55, found on the AMG Mercedes models and the SLR, coupled to a 6-speed transmission, exceptionally made radiator and exhaust system. A retuned electronics that raises power to 370hp and torque to 540Nm attained at 5400rom will be fitted to the Panamericana.

The ride height of the car will be lower, and it will receive a speedtronic transmission, side mufflers, no bumpers, a unique grill, four spke leather steering wheel with power assist, a star button, air conditioning, a four point safety harness, Radio with CD from Becker Mexico and iPod connectivity, and fitted leather luggage. The wheels will be specially made traditional 17x8 AMG with 235/45/17 Continental Sport contact tire all around, AMG calipers in red pain finish, HID headlights, and fender stripes.

There will also be the new Mercedes V6 powerplant for 2010 (M-2720E35), found on the 350 models, which has a power output with the V8 320hp and 360Nm of torque achieved at 4900rpm and comes with a six-speed manual.

All the cars will come in silver finish with blue highlights in the front fenders just like the racecars of Panamericana with an option of white with red stripes and also a black variant.

The interior will feature red cover in leather and plaid cloth, traditional for that model. The instrument panel is the same as the original 300SL. Gullwing-America claims that this is truly a resurrection of the iconic 300SL Gullwing, but only with updated technology, with more potency and better handling compared to the original.

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