• This Mercedes 300SL Has a Supercharged AMG Monster of a Heart

See what happens when you marry a Mercedes 300SL body to an SLK AMG chassis and engine

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The Mercedes-Benz 300SL is one of the most iconic cars ever built by the German brand. It’s also one of the most beautiful too. Built in fewer than 3,500 units from 1957 to 1963, the 300SL is a rare items nowadays and well-maintained models can fetch in excess of $500,000. Definitely not a car for the average Joe. But while some rich folks would rather hunt an original 300SL down, other enthusiasts build restomod versions of them. John Sarkisyan from S-Klub is one of those people. Having built a coupe model in the past, he recently married the body of a 300SL to a modern Mercedes chassis and a supercharged V-8 engine. And the end result is quite impressive.

This Mercedes 300SL Has a Supercharged AMG Monster of a Heart
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The project kicked off with an original 300SL, but but the gorgeous roadster body boasts plenty of upgrades. It now features flared fenders, a bumper delete, and side-exiting exhaust pipes. It also sports a revised engine hood, a lowered windshield, and redesigned flying buttresses behind the seats. It also rides on wider wheels wrapped in low-profile tires. It still looks like the original 300SL, but it borrows a lot from the race-spec 300SLS, which Mercedes-Benz developed specifically for the Sports Car Club of America series in 1957.

What’s underneath that sleek body you ask? Well, this restomod rides on first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK underpinnings. But it’s not just any SLK. Sarkisyan went with a 2002 SLK 32 AMG, the company range-topping model back then.

The roadster packs a supercharged, 3.2-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 349 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
This Mercedes 300SL Has a Supercharged AMG Monster of a Heart
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Not as impressive compared to newer AMG models, but still a notable upgrade over the 300 SL’s stock inline-six, good for 240 horses and 217 pound-feet back in the day.

The build rides on performance Toyo tires and features bigger brakes. It also sports a custom leather interior and a premium audio system. But more on that in the lengthy video below.

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL

1957 - 1962 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (W194)
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The 300SL was originally introduced in 1954 as a spiritual successor to the W194. It was initially designed as a coupe and fitted with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine. When sales of the coupe started to fall in 1956, Mercedes-Benz redesigned the 300SL into a roadster in order to make it more appealing to the U.S. market.

While the coupe featured the now iconic gullwing doors, the Roadster had conventional doors and was some 276 pounds heavier than the hard-top model.

The Roadster remained in production until 1963. Mercedes-Benz built 1,400 coupes and 1,858 roadsters for a total production run of 3,258 units. A little more than 2,500 examples are known to exist today.

1957 - 1962 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (W194)
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The 300SL was also a successful race car. It won the 1955 European Rally Championship, the 1955 Mille Miglia (driven by Stirling Moss), and the SCCA championship from 1955 to 1957. The 300SL also won the Carrera Panamericana and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1952 in its early W194 configuration. It was the first closed-cockpit and the first German car to win the French endurance race.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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