Legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing takes center stage as the main attraction of this year’s Wilton Classic and Supercar Show, Lord Pembroke’s car collection/exhibition.
About 1,400 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupes were manufactured between 1954 and 1957 and around 80% of them were sold in the US. The versions with steel body still used aluminum for the hood, doors and trunk lid. In addition to that, for a much higher price, Mercedes manufactured 29 units with a body completely made of aluminium which only weighed 80 kg.
Lord Pembroke, who is the youthful side of 40, has basically opened his very own permanent car museum, gathering a few masterpieces such as the Lamborghini Miura, track-ready Honda S2000 and the Porsche 956 in which Stefan Bellof set the still unbroken 6min 11sec Nurburgring lap record in 1983. His daily runners are an Alfa Romeo 8C and Range Rover Sport.
Key supercar manufacturers like McLaren, will also have their latest crop on display, giving petrolheads the chance to see the new 570S junior supercar, the 675LT Long Tail and ballistic P1 GTR together for the first time outside of Woking.
The show is generally a static affair, the draw being that you can get right up close and personal with the cars without having to battle through thousands of other showgoers, rather than see and hear them used in anger. But there are also workshop seminars, teaching everything from basic car maintenance to full-on engine rebuilds.
Wilton Classic and Supercar takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June 2015: www.wiltonclassicsupercar.co.uk for tickets and more details.