• Nov 5, 2009
Gullwing America SLS Panamericana - click above image for high-res gallery

Few cars are as classic and iconic as the original Gullwing, also known as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Created by a loophole in racing rules when MB realized that, "Nowhere is it written that a door can only open sideways." Hence, Mercedes was allowed to retain the strength of the 300SL's (as well as the 300SLR's) tubular space frame by hinging the doors from the roof. A legend, as they say, was born.

Fast-forward more than fifty years and Mercedes-Benz (via AMG) is about to launch a new gullwing, this time called the SLS AMG. While it's no doubt a great car (553 horsepower tends to do that), some might say it's slightly lacking in the retro SL looks department. Enter Gullwing America (you might remember their updated 300SL) and their new SLS Panamericana.

Created to be a more proper "300SL from the 21st century," the Panamericana consists of seven body pieces including the all important "eyebrows" on top of the fenders. Everything is made from either lightweight aluminum or carbon fiber. Plus, you get those snazzy racing stripes. As well as a swath of Alcantara on the seats set off by contrast stitching. You also get a set of GWA wheels, 19-inchers up front, 20-inches in the rear. While we do like most of what we see, we're honestly not sold on the brows... how about you? Thanks to everyone for the tips!



[Source: Gullwing America]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a bloody manual gearbox?

      Everyone is tooling around with their 7-spd automatics, here's a thought: if you want retro sports car, first thing you do is put in a proper manual, tools.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A mess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't see anything about this version that I like, and I like to think I'm pretty open to design ideas. To me it looks overly fussy, badly proportioned , and those wheel well brows are an unnecessary distraction. It's a no go!

      I used to see an original "gullwing" at an NAAS base I was stationed at, it belonged to a Navy Lt.jg. aviator. Nice, nice car. The one in this blog isn't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do. Not. Want.

      Looks like something only a Mitsuoka fan would desire.

      Throwing every retro cliché in the book at a car doesn't mean you'll get a tasteful design. In fact, it usually has the opposite effect. Like this.

      And it's the second epic design fail that starts with "Panamer" and ends in disaster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lose the mini headlights and lame fender flares and we will talk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, it does look like they used MINI Cooper headlights, weird. I like the stock version better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing is just as ugly as the original, however I'm pretty sure to most on here this falls into that category of it's so ugly that only someone with "taste" could like it. Sort of like those uptight foodies who say they would prefer to eat blood covered pig intestines rather than a McDonald's hamburger because they taste "soo much better". Get over yourselves people, this and any other variation of this car is hideous and you know it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doing this to an SLS should be illegal.
      What's with the red flashes behind the lights?

      Those brows remind me of those lame snap-in wheel covers you used to see over the rear wheels of cadillac's and oldsmobiles. Horrible. Tacky.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking when I saw those, uh, "eyebrows" over the wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the hall have they done to the SLS!!! omg couldn't get worse. The guys which made that should stop doing ANYTHING about cars. Making a seriously nice looking car that ugly should be punished. Really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This things looks ridiculous...like a stunted, prematurely born, mutated version of the SLS. Not to mention it just looks...dumb?

      You never go full retard...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't realize it until now, but Mercedes put an Acura CL rear end on this ugly thing.
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