Is there anything cooler than doors that open skywards? Nope, and that makes the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ one of the coolest cars of all time. Powered by a three-litre straight six, the 300 SL was also the first car to feature fuel injection, boosting power by around 50% and making it the fastest production car in the world, with a top speed in excess of 160mph.
This spectacular recreation of the 300 SL is the work of Tobias Munzert, who has built it largely from the pieces found within the 10262 Aston Martin DB5 ‘Goldfinger’ set. As well as accurate opening ‘gullwing’ doors, Tobais’ model includes an opening trunk, raising hood, and a detailed engine, and there’s more to see of his fantastic creation at his ‘Mercedes-Benz 300 SL’ album on Flickr, where a link to building instructions can also be found.
The 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is, according to TLCB anyway, one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Part of its legendary appeal is down to the incredible ‘gull wing’ doors that debuted on the car.
Beautiful as those doors were though they did have a drawback. The 300 SL was based on the boring old bits from normal Mercedes saloon cars that really weren’t up to the job of handling the power from its inline-6 engine, an engine that was the first to feature direct injection and made over 200bhp (a lot for the 1950s).
As such SLs were quite… crash-able, and if you were trapped inside one upside-down all thoughts about how funky the doors were would vanish when you realised they couldn’t be opened.
Danger is cool though, and thus 300 SLs are now some of the most sought-after cars ever, commanding astronomical price-tags. Which means to get your hands on one you’ll have to build your own, which is exactly what Flickr’s Tobias Munzert has done. His wonderful recreation not only looks the part but also features the doors that made the car so famous. Now, do we put an Elf in it and turn it upside-down…
Szabi1029 reminds us that Mercedes-Benz make all sorts of vehicles suitable for recreation in LEGO. His beautiful 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ is complete with the famous doors that gave it it’s name. View it on Flickr.