1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe — Originally designed for road racing, the 300SL had a tube-frame for strength and rigidity and was the world’s first production car with fuel-injection. The model’s most notable design feature was its roof-hinged doors which, when opened, resembled the wings of a bird in flight, hence the unofficial nickname “Gull Wing.” Factory list price for the hand-built 300SL was a high $7,500. The 300SL coupe was in production from 1954 through 1957, at which time it was replaced by the more practical, but less interesting roadster variant. The “SL” in the model name stood for “sehr leicht” (super light) and is still used today in the model designation of Mercedes-Benz’ sportiest cars.
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster — When new, this red roadster was given by Desi Arnaz as a gift to Robert Stack when he won the Emmy for his role in the Untouchables TV series. Like all 300SLs, it was equipped with a 237-horsepower six-cylinder engine that was mounted in the chassis at a slight angle to allow for a low, sloping hood. Top speed was a high 160 miles per hour.