Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster becomes 300 SLC in the hands of Gullwing America

Article by Christian A., on February 18, 2013

Tuning house/coachbuilder Gullwing America wanted to emphasize the retro factor of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster by turning it into the 300 SLC convertible. This Eastern European gearhead is famous for recreating old Mercedes Gullwing models using new technology underneath. So far, its work on the Panamericana 300 SL is one of the most impressive.

This is a modern recreation of the gullwing with a tube chassis and custom aluminum bodywork, as well as a 3.5-liter Mercedes V-6 or 5.5-liter Mercedes V-8. GWA took it upon itself to transform the SLS AMG Roadster into a homage to the Mercedes-Benz 1955 300SC roadster. GWA is sticking with modern technology and has left certain SLS’ major features such as the pop-up rear spoiler and the 6.2-liter V-8 engine and dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The best features of this model include the LEDs. It kept the convertible bodystyle but it took out the power-operated softtop and put in a removable hardtop (signifying a nod to the original 300 SC).

The package also comes with an adjustable suspension, a custom exhaust system, and a set of 21-inch front and 22-inch rear wheels.

This car is a one-off unit so it’s hard to determine its price but it’s probably going to cost much higher than the $197,005 base price of the SLS AMG Roadster (which is based on the old, non-GT model). The buyer is believed to be from Eastern Europe.

The new Roadster adds another dream car to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG family.

Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz Head of Design, said that just like the gullwing model, the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster’s athletic design instantly catches the eye. Whether its roof is opened or closed, the new Roadster is a visual delight, with perfect and memorable proportions. More particularly, it has a long hood, a short rear end, and a greenhouse well to the rear.

Additionally, it has an automatically extending rear wing, a wide track, short overhangs, and a long wheelbase. In other words, the convertible SLS AMG oozes with authentic charm and effortless performance.

Its pronounced shoulder sections are also reminiscent of tensed muscles, thus suggesting sheer power combined with its large wheels (265/35 ZR 19 at the front and 295/30 ZR 20 at the rear). Additionally, the stunning AMG Sepang brown metallic finish is available as a new optional extra, as are the weight-optimized forged 10-spoke wheels in matte black plus high-sheen rim flange.

What’s more, the new Roadster’s wide radiator grille with large Mercedes-Benz star, its wing-shaped cross-fin, and the fins on its hood and on its sides are all features that are reminiscent of the classic 1950s dream-car, the 300 SL Roadster. And like the SLS AMG Roadster, the classic 300 SL Roadster looked slightly newer compared to the original gullwing 300 SL. However, unlike the two SLs, both AMG cars are on the market at the same time.

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