A favorite amongst collectors, the 300 SL Gullwing is one iconic car - probably the most iconic Mercedes-Benz of all time. Today, a well-maintained example will sell for a seven-digit price tag.
But not all of them cost that much. The one we have today will be sold in the market for $125,000 to $135,000 when it goes in the auction room at the RM Sotheby’s Santa Monica in California later this week.
The Gullwing that will go on sale this weekend has a fibreglass body, but underneath its body is a 2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG - this was purchased over two years ago from Mercedes Benz’ dealers in Houston and was fitted inside the 300 SL Gullwing replica.
During the transition phase of the car, most of its parts have been replaced according to the vendor - from the engine, automatic transmission, the chassis and the suspension. But all of these parts are original Mercedes Benz pieces, and the car has already been properly tuned.
The now-Gullwing SLK was given a grey finish for the exterior, combined with a red leather interior complete with a stereo system, air conditioning, power windows and cruise control. There is one thing that gives this replica away though; that would be the easily replaced modern alloys. While underneath the hood is a 3.2 liter V6 engine that enables the replica to produce 349 horsepower, paired with an automatic transmission. This replica can hit the 0-62 mile per hour mark in just 5.2 seconds.
Though the engine may not be as powerful as you want it to be, bear in mind that the original 300 SL only had a 3.0 liter inline-six, and did not produce more than 222 horsepower, while the more potent version came with a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 that was only a little more powerful at 367 horsepower.
When the 300 SL Gullwing first came out, the company only built 1,400 examples of it. The SLK 32, on the other hand, is much more affordable than the former. So if you want the Gullwing, but only have cash to pay for the modern SLK, then this car may be the perfect vehicle for you.
So you have two choices: get yourself an SLK from a Mercedes Benz dealership, collect the parts you need, and replicate the Gullwing yourself, which will take a lot of time an effort, or you can skip all those and just head over to the auction this weekend and bid for the SLK that has been rebuilt to look like a Gullwing, if building one is not your forte.