The 1957 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is without question one of the most iconic vehicles in auto history so when you’re in the presence of one, it’s important to treat the car with utmost care and delicacy.

At the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, we saw a 300SL Gullwing at the BASF Booth, except that this particular one was fine-tuned by no less than Chip Foose/Foose Design in collaboration with the world leader in automotive OEM and refinish technologies. Before being sent off to Foose Design for the cursory aerodynamic improvements, BASF was already familiar with the 300SL, having spearheaded a restoration project that was actually featured in a 2008 episode of Dream Car Garage.

As far as Foose’s responsibility on the car was concerned, the man with the tuning Midas touch was tasked to give it some subtle, yet significant styling cues. To begin his work, Foose removed the 300SL’s front and rear bumpers, replacing them with custom fabricated units that have been redesigned to offer slimmer and more elegant trim. The company also took time to make enhancements on the rear bulge just above the rear wheel, making it symmetrical to the front wheel house bulge. The car’s grille and shell, together with the nose emblem, were all treated to minor modifications while the car’s new side trim was machined, milled, filed, and polished, just before undergoing final chrome plating. New headlights were also installed while the bezels were machined out of billet aluminum before being fit back to the front fenders. And finally, Foose outfitted the 300SL Gullwing with a clean set of Foose wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Nero tires.

  • 1957 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing by Foose Design
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  (242) posted on 01.16.2012

This vehicles looks like a classic car in a futuristic way. The design and body paint is really suited on it. Moreover, where is the engine specification of this car? I really wanted to know.

  (798) posted on 01.4.2012

I agree! This one really serves like an icon! I love the doors of this car and so with the front hood of it. And the headlights really fits the design of it.

  (728) posted on 12.18.2011

Actually, I’m not really so interested and even impressed on this Gullwing, but I think it’s a good thing that it has a refining technology. Anyway, I am hoping either that it would not be on an electric motor.

  (559) posted on 12.11.2011

I’m so impressed with this 300 SL Gullwing! It looks very classic but have a perfectly modern feature. I just only wonder if what’s the engine specification of this vehicle? I hope that it is not on an electric motor.

  (579) posted on 12.1.2011

Yeah! I have to agree with Zosimos. The combination of a classic and modern vehicle is so perfect on this SL, and it is really very noticeable on that appearance. I just only hope that they also use an impressive and powerful engine on it.

  (434) posted on 11.17.2011

To be honest, I’m not so impressed with its platform and to its other detailing although this one is truly a head turner because on its exotic appearance. Anyway, I wonder if what is the engine output of it?

  (692) posted on 11.17.2011

This one is a combination of a modern and an outdated vehicle, which is kind of impressive and striking on that. Well, I just only hope that it had an awesome interior as well.

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