Gullwing America specializes in what it calls "retro styling meets modern technology." It's next demonstration of that is the convertible above, a stylized recreation of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC (inset) supported by the structure of a 2012 SLS AMG Roadster. Commissioned by a client in Eastern Europe, the resulting car is called the 300 SLC.

The hand-formed aluminum bodywork required just a few changes to the SLS AMG Roadster, namely reworking the headlights into a stacked arrangement of LEDs and relocating the pop-up spoiler behind the cabin. The retro grille and long, straight hood evoke the past, the custom exhaust, height-adjustable suspension, 21-inch wheels up front and 22-inch wheels in back, however, stray a little further from history. The 300 SLC will come with a hardtop and be one-of-a-kind, making it even rarer than its inspiration, of which 92 were made.

If you have any more questions, they can probably be answered in the high-res photo gallery above and press release below.
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GWA's unique take on "retro styling meets modern technology" has caught the eye of an undisclosed client from Eastern Europe. This client has requested an exclusive sports car design that will be one-of-a-kind. A challenge that GWA was happy to take on.

For this particular project, GWA selected a 2012 SLS Roadster (R-197) as the base. Its platform running gear and interior features will require only slight changes, since this car is a masterpiece of technology already.

Where GWA will bring in their expert touch is with the handmade aluminum body, which will be modeled after a 1955 300 SC (W-188). Only 92 of these cars were ever made.

"We tried to keep the original lines of this model, which are timeless," says Arturo Alonso, head of GWA. However, making it truly unique required some changes. This included changing the position of the pop-out rear spoiler and modernizing the headlights with LED's. The grille was redesigned with an assertive, yet elegant, slant and illuminated emblem on the top.

The car also has custom made, 22 x 12 rear and 21 x 9.5 front, GWA Evolution wheels mounted on Continental tires. A special exhaust system and adjustable height suspension finish off the enhancements.

The culmination of GWA's vision results in a 21st century 300 SLC, a convertible roadster with a removable hard top. It just doesn't get any better than that.

GWA will oversee every step of the process until the car is delivered. They have no doubt it will be truly one of a kind and just what their VIP client is looking for.

Team GWA.


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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car looks fine but it doesn't really look like the old Mercedes at all. It sounds like what the customer really wanted was a Morgan Roadster or Aero.
      Mr.Roadrage
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great! This will look nice next to my Zimmer and Stutz Blackhawk!
      trzjax
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be a great wedding mobile...
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too "kit car" looking. Too much "Morgan Aero 8" design DNA. I don't hate it...but I would'nt write a deposit check. Try again.
      Govis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey awesome Zimmer dudes! http://blog.mysanantonio.com/clockingin/files/legacy/Zimmer.jpg
      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      These all appear to be cgi renderings, is there a real car? Too much of a pastiche for my tastes, perfect I'm sure for some eastern european oligarch though.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is so BADASS! Too bad Merc didn't design it like that in the first place.
      seansverige
      • 1 Year Ago
      My questions don't even begin to be answered by the pics or PR that looks like it took all of five minutes to write. More than anything else, disappointed and ticked off that Mr Ramsey is taking their statements at face value with little insight, observation or judgement - and even more than that he's making assertions for them '....the hand-formed aluminum bodywork required...' Required - past tense. As in it exists. Even their PR doesn't claim this - what it states is 'will bring in their expert touch is with the handmade aluminum body, which will be modeled [sic]'. key word 'will', i.e. in the future. All I see is a bunch of renderings from a somebody I've never heard of (has anyone?) & only thing that marks them out from the recent succession of high end rebodies that have disappeared without trace is that they've used a SLS rather than a 'Vette (though god knows the new one is crying out for a rebody) Maybe these a guys are genuine and this project is underway & on schedule - but nothing here demonstrates that and it doesn't look like Autoblog bothered its arse to check.
      Mizter J
      • 1 Year Ago
      I appreciate the fact that there are folks out there with the ability to fabricate stuff like this. Not everyone's cup 'o tea, but pretty cool nonetheless .
      AlphaGnome
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it, it looks great. HOWEVER, why would you start with an SLS roadster? Seems like you could use a lesser convertible in the Mercedes line-up and save a LOT of money.
      Pdexter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe some people actually like that monstrosity. Looks like some of the Japanese made cars that try to copy some of the Euro luxury cars.
      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car looks like a piece of crap...if you think this is stunning you have really bad taste.
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