Sixty Years of the SL

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart currently has a 60 years of the SL exhibition. Here are some of the cars on display.

An SL from 1952: the winning Carrera Panamericana car

After trying alloys to lighten the SL further Mercedes also tried fibreglass. Here is a unique fibreglass example, its paint work isn’t up to usual Mercedes standards!

A replica of the winning 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liege. The original, thought lost, has recently turned up.

What about a fly-by-wire SL. No steering wheel, just use the joysticks! Current road legislation means that there must be a direct link between driver’s control and wheels.

This was not in the museum. Not yet anyway, as it is the latest SL launched in the UK in a few weeks. This is the SL500 and is limited to 155mph.

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