• Nov 30, 2009
Gullwing dragster - Click above for high-res image gallery

This ungainly little creature had an area all to itself at this year's Essen Motor Show. Built over four years by Swiss drag racer Stefan Winter – who is a roofer by trade – the most important thing to say is this: Winter did not mangle a genuine 1956 Mercedes 300 SL to create this beast, and we can thank all the gods that be for that. He copied the body in fiberglass and placed it over a tube chassis, hiding a small block Chevy in front that's been bored out to 422 cubic inches.

With modified pistons, crankshaft, cylinder heads, and a bit more black-art-ness, the gullwinged monster puts 1,050 horsepower to the ground through a 3-speed transmission and rear tires 15 inches across. The 1/4-mile rolls off in 8.1 seconds at 166 mph. If nothing else, at that speed he shouldn't have any problem with keeping the car's interior cool, a problem the originals were known for...



[Source: Das Auto Blog (translated) via Autoblog.nl]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing, although I too was glad to read he didn't harm an original.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok i guess
      • 5 Years Ago
      No offense to anyone (I love originality and unique power plants that are coming out all over the world) but using a small or big block Chevy is just too cheap and easy for someone on a budget to not do. I'm in college and in the process of building a drag car and chose the big block because dollar for dollar was unbeatable. My 489 puts out just a hair under 800 horse and I don't have 4 grand wrapped into it, so I'd say thats a pretty good deal. Would I love to build a DOHC, twin turbo, EFI, 10.5 tire car? Hell yea, but to build anything more sophisticated that a carb setup is too pricey for those of us with a mild budget.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was just happy to see it was a fibreglass copy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        100% agree! When I first saw the picture I almost screamed. Glad to see it's a repro. But that made me think, does anyone sell a fiberglass kit like this? Seems like you'd see these on old Miatas or something. Just curious, replicars are pretty awful anyway. I hate it when they take a beautiful car like a Corvette and turn it into what looks like Enzo's retarded cousin, Fangool Ferrari made. It'd be a shame to have 1500 gullwing SL's cruising your town.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here we go with knocking the push rod because it is so "antiquated" nonsense. The OHC has been in production cars since what, something like 1910? Cutting edge indeed.

      The Chevy small block is being dropped in all types of imports, RX7's, 350z's, Nissan 240's, etc. Why? They make tons of power, reliable, and cheap compared other manufacturers.

      For the price of a stock MB motor you can build an LSX monstrosity naturally aspirated, supercharged, turbo charged, etc. and bullet proof. I was not the least bit surprised when I read this thing was Chevy powered. They're now squeezing 500 cu in. out of LSX small blocks these days, pump gas, naturally aspirated, 750hp and part accessibility galore.

      Sounds like a sensible choice to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So excessive. I love it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        james, it's not a real Gullwing.

        And don't think of it as sullying. Think of it as recognition of a beautiful, classic shape.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is literally the Coolest Thing In The World Ever. Well, as much as the sullying of an important piece of automotive history with crude American pig-iron can be the Coolest Thing In The World Ever, but you get the idea.....
        I guess you would if you could.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this was built off an actual '56 Benz, I wouldn't like it. But as it is - awesome. Well done!
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is sooo bad ass...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love it, absolutely love it! I love any time someone shows up at the track with something different whether it be power plant or the car itself. Now if only he could stuff a 900 CID Sonny's engine with some nitrous in there and run pro-mod. I'll keep dreaming. But seriously, there Isn't a single thing I don't like about this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not a big Mercedes fan, but that's just wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WANT!
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