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- The 170kW (215hp) 300SL Gullwing is one of the most sonorous cars in the world. Bet a V8 would shake things up! (image credit: Roadster Shop)

Americans hot rod the world's first supercar - the Mercedes 300SL "Gullwing"

34w ago

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BY IAIN KELLY

The prolific hot rodder took a squillion-dollar 1955 Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing” and built it into a custom hot rod, including ditching the renowned, much-loved fuel-injected straight-six engine for a V8!

This isn’t the first time a fabled Gullwing has appeared at the SEMA Show, with Chip Foose unveiling a street machine-styled example in 2011, while legendary painter Von Dutch was actually commissioned to perform a radical flamed paint job on one back in the 1950s when the car was near-new!

What do you think of the Gullwing hot rod? Tell us in the comments!

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