Shiny and bright as if new. This Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster underwent restoration and tuning. And this is how it looks right now.
It was a bare shell that might have ended up in a scrapyard if it got in the wrong hands. But it got in the right ones. John Sarkisyan from S-Klub started the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster project, based on an automobile that saw the light of day in 1954. Widely known for his classic rebuilds, the specialist took four a four months to complete the model.
The entire project thus started with a bare 300 SL shell. Renderings, drawings, vision and quite a lot of work.
The car is now set in motion by an AMG V6 engine, donated by a 2002 SLK 32 AMG, with several output tweaks. It also got bigger brakes, a new set of wheels and performance tires. The windshield of a Porsche Speedster ended up on the Mercedes roadster.
The experts covered the interior in red leather, put in some chrome inserts for a contrast. There are also new materials and textures in there, but the experts tried to keep the stylish retro charm of the automobile. There is also a premium audio system onboard.
This transformed Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is the second project based on the 1950’s model. The first, revealed last year, was a cloned 300 SL Gullwing. Made of fiberglass and weighing half the weight of the original, the clone did not come cheap. John Sarskisyan spent approximately $800,000 to complete that project.
About the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and Roadster
Mercedes-Benz built the 300 SL sports car between 1954 and 1957 as a Gullwing and between 1957 and 1963 as a roadster. The model could hit 263 km/h, an exhilarating speed at that time.
Only 3,258 units of the W 198 series saw the light of day. Only a few have survived through the years and even less are in good condition.