SLS 63 AMG (C197) 2009

Mercedes-Benz Gullwings

With the introduction of the SLS, Mercedes have revived their gullwing design and created a logical successor to the legendary 300 SL. What isn’t very well known is that the same SLS nameplate was already handed out to cars like this 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS.

The very first Gullwing was the most successful. It won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and launched a motor sports campaign that would lead to the deadly 300 SLR. Concurrently, Mercedes sold Coupe and Roadster production versions on a taller chassis which became a huge hit internationally.

One of the most saught after of all Gullwings is the Uhlenhaut Coupe. This was the pet project of Rudolf Uhlenhaut, which used the potent Grand Prix chassis like the similarly-styled, Mille Miglia-winning SLR Roadster.