The Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing coupe is a legend, thus original specimens are quite valuable. So, based on a current SLK-Class convertible, one admirer developed a more cheap homage.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL
The gullwing replica, first noticed by Motor1, is available for sale in South Africa through Crossley & Webb.
The automobile began life as a 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG, but now features aluminium bodywork inspired by a 3D scan of a classic gullwing coupe.
According to the advertisement, the automobile is 882 pounds lighter than standard, in addition to having a distinct throwback aesthetic.
Some of this was probably due to the SLK's retractable hardtop being removed (gullwings aren't convertibles, after all).
The conventional 3.2-liter supercharged V-6 produces 350 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque behind the upgraded bodywork.
A 5-speed automatic gearbox transmits power to the rear wheels.
According to the advertisement, a steel roll cage was fitted to preserve torsional stiffness, but original equipment like power steering, air conditioning, and Nappa leather upholstery were kept.
Although the asking price of around $128,000 for an SLK may appear high, it is far less than the $1 million that an original 300SL gullwing might garner at auction.
That might explain why this isn't the first time we've seen an SLK gullwing conversion.
In 2019, another model based on an SLK320 surfaced.
While the SLS AMG, the spiritual successor of the 300SL gullwing, is no longer in production, a new Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is on the way.
The new version is being built by AMG and will include all-wheel drive for the first time, replacing both the last-generation SL (which went out in 2020) and the AMG GT Roadster.
The new SL is slated to make its premiere later this year, which means it will most likely be available in dealerships in 2022.