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Video: Unique Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing AMG from 1974

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing AMG

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing AMG

This particular Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is unique. It started life as every other Mercedes-Benz 300SL would. An export car, it was shipped out to an exotic location initially. 17 years later, the car returned to West Germany and into the hands of AMG engineers.

After some extensive work, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing emerged from the workshop with a new set of internals. AMG had essentially taken the technology from a 450 SE and transplanted it into the Gullwing. Initially, AMG had planned to fit the 6.3 litre engine but found, after some experimentation, that it didn’t fit.

The instead settled for the 4.5 litre V8 pushing out a modest (by today’s standards) 280 hp. A number of modifications were also made. The car got a new set of wheels, modified air intakes on the side and on the back of the roof. The back lights and chrome headlight surrounds where also switched for a black ring.

This AMG fettled Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing bridges the gap between the standard 300SL Gullwing and the more modern HWA Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing with its 6.0 litre V8.

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