In 1952 Mercedes-Benz astonished the racing world
with the successes it achieved with its 300SL, exploiting an advanced
space-type frame and aerodynamic body with gullwing doors. Already the
subject of a Ludvigsen Library Series book, the racing 300SL inspired
the creation of a production version, which first took flight in 1954.
The 300SL stunned critics and experts alike with its fabulous
performance?more than 150 miles per hour?exotic looks and superb build
quality. Not just a pretty face, the 300SL was also extremely successful
in competition on both sides of the Atlantic. The original coupe was
followed by a roadster version in 1957; in all, 3,258 were made. Drawing
on his unmatched archive of Mercedes-Benz photos, including coverage by
Rudy Mailander and Edward Eves of the 300SL production line, Karl
Ludvigsen presents the 300SL in all its glory. He also draws on his own
experience as an owner of one of these great cars.