Gullwing-America 300SL Panamericana

Published Friday, November 12th 2010
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The classic Mercedes-Benz SL Gullwing is one of the most sought-after cars of all time, with its rarity and car collector appeal raising auction prices into the stratosphere. German tuner and coachbuilder Gullwing-AG and its American subsidiary, Gullwing-America, have just announced plans to offer a re-bodied and thoroughly modernized variant of the classic SL to customers beginning soon.

To kick off the campaign, Gullwing-America has released images and official specifications for its 2009 Gullwing 300SL Panamericana, and the car is an absolute stunner. The shape clearly follows the most hallowed Benz body lines, also displaying modern touches to go along with the technology within.

The 300SL Panamericana concept car gets a genuine-article Mercedes-Benz engine and driveline, a retuned version of the 5.5 liter 8 cylinder that has seen duty in AMG and SLR McLaren models. For the 300SL Panamericana, the powerplant spits out 370 horsepower and 530 Nm torque @ 5400 rpm.

With a light steel frame and an aluminum-fiberglass body, all that power will not have a whole lot of car to push around, and performance numbers should exceed those of the AMG Benz cars sharing this engine.

For potential 300SL Panamericana buyers who are more interested in looking good than going 200 mph, Gullwing-America will also offer a Mercedes-sourced V6 as an engine choice. Production run will obviously be small, but with several companies building replica and modernized Shelby/AC Cobra cars with modern components, the 300SL Panamericana does have a roadmap for success.

The real test for the fledgling car builder will be to see if the Panamericana has that not-quite-together kit car feel or conversely the spit and polish of a brand new Mercedes-Benz. The real story will probably fall somewhere in between, but we wish this interesting experiment in the cult of car the greatest possible success.

Official Gullwing-America Press Release

Here is the the rebirth of an Icon, the 2009 300 SL Panamericana, based on a Reproduction from Hoope'r, Gullwing-AG in Germany, who produce the closest model you can get to the real thing. Arturo Alonso and his company, Gullwing-America , modified this already outstanding automobile into an exotic for the 21st century.

A combination of the Glorious Carrera Panamericana cars of the 50's and new technology, they came out with this incredible sports car, Alonso himself raced the Carrera for years in a Mercedes 300SE, where the passion for this legendary Race and the Mercedes was born.

The 300SL body is constructed with the use of aircraft composite technology. This construction comprises of a sprayed layer of aluminum to a thickness of .5mm into the mold over which an epoxy adhesive is laid and several layers of 7oz woven glass cloth are then applied with epoxy resin.

Chassis is made from RHS steel reinforced and powder coated, has independent suspension with adjustable coil overs, four wheel disk brakes, a 5.5 liter Mercedes engine, (M-133-55) the one used on the AMG Mercedes models and the SLR, mated to a six speed transmission, special made radiator and exhaust system.

The Panamericana will have a re tuned electronics raising the HP about 370, 530nm of torque @5400RPM. The car will sit lower, have speedtronic transmission, side mufflers, no bumpers, a special grill, four spoke leather steering wheel with power assist, a start button, A/C , a four point harness, Becker Mexico Radio with CD and I pod adapter, and fitted leather luggage. It also includes specially made old school 17 X 8 AMG wheels all around with 235/45/17 Continental Sport contact tires, AMG calipers painted in red, HID headlights, and stripes on the fenders like the "Works" Cars from La Barrera.

For 2010 there will also be the option for the new V6 Mercedes engine (M-272-E35) used on the 350 Models, which has almost the same power of the V8 ( 320HP And 360nm torque @4900RPM)) and could be ordered with a manual six speed.

The cars will all be painted in silver with blue accents in the front fenders like the race cars of the Panamericana, there is the option of a white with red stripes and a Black version. The interiors will be red cover in leather and plaid cloth, typical from that model; The instrument panel is identical as the original 300Sl.

Gullwing-America thinks that this is a true rebirth of the legendary 300SL Gullwing. Updated with technology from 50 years later, the car will be more powerful and handle better than the original. It will be a very drivable car with all the convenient accessories like air conditioning, power steering, etc. from modern cars.


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