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1957-1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster specifications

1957-1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster specifications Classic and Performance Car

The Mercedes 300SL Roadster was the replacement for the iconic Gullwing


The replacement for the Gullwing, the 300SL Roadster has a revised spaceframe chassis to make room for normal doors, which added 200lb to the weight. It’s a softer, more relaxing car to drive than the competition-bred Gullwing. The more extensive use of chrome inside and out isn’t to all tastes, but the Roadster at least enjoyed disc brakes from 1961, then got a much lighter aluminium engine block the following year, for which you'll now pay a premium. Expensive to buy, but then they cost more than a detached house in a London suburb when new.

Production

  • Production:
    1856
  • Price at launch:
    £4,393
  • Price (excellent)
    £750,000
  • Price (good):
    £395,000
  • Price (average):
    £275,000
  • Price (project):
    £195,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.1secs
  • Top speed:
    130.0mph
  • Power:
    215.0bhp
  • Torque:
    228.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    16.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring, double wishbone
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    spaceframe
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4570mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2400mm
  • Width:
    1790mm
  • Height:
    1300mm
  • Weight:
    1383kgs

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