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A very special Mercedes-Benz 300 SL model

By JulesK on 28 Apr 2010

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Finally a puzzle of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is out. As we can see, its exterior has changed radically. It is the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL HWA Special Edition and it's painted. Hans-Werner Aufrecht is an engineer who worked for Mercedes and created the sports division, AMG. He then left and created his own company, HWA, which controls Mercedes DTM, a division in charge of the German tourisms championship.

One day a wealthy client ordered 300 SL with the following conditions: bodywork of mythical design with more "modern" technology, air conditioning, airbags, more powerful, pneumatic brakes of disc 225/45 R18 ahead and 235/45 R18 behind. In short, he wanted to renew a classic car. To give life to the 300 SL of the 50s, that is to say.

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The notion turned out to be prohibitive for almost any mortal one, because it costs approximately 500,000 euros to get the 300 SL and the cost of production is more than 400,000 euros. There are three units all over the world and the first one was made for the Sultan of Brunei.

Really, the engine is not the same as 300 SL original, it is M119 6.0 V8 32 valves (5.956 cc) of the strength of 381 hp to 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 580 Nm to 3,750 rpm. Maximum speed is 250 km/h, although they can really hit more. These engines also have a four-speed automatic transmission.

As for interior, a curious mixture of 300 SL and 190 W201 (1982-1993) was used, adapted in several aspects. It has a partial design of the original model, but one notices clearly that the steering-wheel and the gearbox are too modern to be a car of the 50s. Is it desecration or a work of art?

That’s for you to decide.

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