The 300SL and SLS AMG a history of Mercedes-Benz

In 1954, Mercedes-Benz began their 3,258 unit run of the 300SL. A beautiful 2-seater that also held the title for world’s fastest production car at the time. Under the hood,  one would find a 6-cylinder 3.0-litre engine with direct fuel injection and 212 horsepower. The 4-speed manual transmission helped it achieve an incredible 160 miles per hour (with a 3.25:1 gear ratio).

3 years later, the 300SL Roadster was revealed and production of the iconic 300SL gullwing was stopped. Now, AutoVino has become home to a beautiful 300SL in Black and a 190SL (the baby brother) in White.

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It had been decades since Mercedes had an icon as remarkable as the 300SL, but that all changed at the 2009 Frankfrut Motor Show. AMG, Mercedes’ performance group, revealed its first car designed entirely in-house: The SLS AMG, where SLS stands for “Sport Leicht Super” (Sport Light Super). A spiritual successor to the 300SL, the SLS also held records, not for speed but for being the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production series engine (according to AMG).

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The 6.3L V8 produced 563 horsepower and came equipped with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Top Speed? 197 miles per hour.

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If you catch a glimpse of the silver AMG interior, you’ll notice a beautiful red, sporty interior. Given we’re big fans of Mercedes Benz, we’ll reserve a car storage spot for an upcoming AMG GT S!

Ben Revzin