A Classic Mercedes 300SL modernised by AMG is up for auction
As we all know, the Mercedes 300SL is known for being one of the most beautiful cars ever made and I for one couldn't agree more. The 300SL is known for its iconic gullwing doors and excellent simple yet effective design. Back in the year 2000, the Sultan of Brunei came to the Mercedes performance division, AMG and asked if they could modernise his own 300SL, and that's exactly what they did.
As you can see, the original body has been left untouched which is a relief. The 300Sl began life with a 3.0-litre inline 6 engine which was replaced with a 6.0-litre V8 that produces 380 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque, mated to this was a four speed automatic transmission which replaced the original manual transmission. Was this a mistake? I think it may have been but it was his choice!
Inside the car there is now a carbon fibre dashboard instead of the original metal one but most owners specced a wooden one. The owner also replaced the original seats with Recaro bucket seats and had a sports steering wheel and Sony CD player installed.
Despite the body not going through any changes, the chassis did. AMG replaced the original swing arm rear suspension with a modern five link setup for a smoother ride and new Bilstein shock absorbers, AMG alloy wheels, power steering and new disc brakes. I am not convinced the wheels suit the car nor the red interior. I think the classic wheels and a brown leather interior would suit this car far better.
This is definitely a one of one restoration which shows how accommodating AMG are (when you have enough money). The reason I have written this article is simply because this car will be up for auction on January 11th at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon and is expected to go for between $1.2 and $1.5 million. Quite a price is you ask me.