Mecedes-Benz 300SL

Mercedes-Benz 300sl  
Model Years 1955-1963
0-60 (sec) 7.4
Top Speed (mph) 146
Torque (lb-ft) 202
Horsepower 212
The term "supercar" was first used to describe the Lamborghini Miura, but over 10 years before the Miura's release, Mercedes-Benz released what is considered by many to be the original supercar. The 300sl was the first sportscar produced by Mercedes after the war, and was a huge success worldwide, but especially so in America. Of the 1400 that were produced, the vast majority of them were sold in America for the price tag of $11,000. It featured a 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine that produced just 212 horsepower, but the body was light enough that 0-60 was dealt with in a brisk 7.4 seconds and the top speed was 146 mph. At the time, there weren't many companes producing cars that were going for the "world's fastest" title, so Mercedes had little competition and the 300sl's record that was set in 1955 wasn't broken until several years later by the Aston Martin DB4. The most distinctive feature was the "gullwing" doors that opened vertically rather then horizontally. Mercedes didn't invent the gullwing door, but they were the first to popularize it. In fact, the gullwing doors are so distinctive, that over 50 after the 300sl was released, Mercedes announced that it would develop a "spiritual successor". That car, the first car produced by Mercedes' performance division AMG, was called the SLS AMG and also featured the gullwing doors.

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