As a European sports car importer in the 1950s, Max Hoffmann used his influence to refine European sports cars into the legends they are known as today. One of his most notable accomplishments came in the form of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing,” the result of which evolved to create the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster.
This masterpiece of automotive history all started with the 1952 Le Mans W194 competition coupe’s rigid and lightweight tubular space-frame chassis, modified of course to accept traditional style swing-open doors. Under the hood is a M198 3.0-liter straight-6 that utilizes a unique direct fuel-injection system to produce 225-horsepower to the car’s rear wheels.
For the sake of style, the engine was canted at a 45-degree angle which allowed it to fit under the car’s sleek hood. According to Road & Track, the 300SL was capable of a 7.4-second 0-60 sprint