Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Replica
A superb track day / hillclimb / vintage race car - Never licensed or titled though conversion to street use is simple.
The story goes that, back in 1958, an unidentified racer pulled a mold off of a 300SL, perhaps with the idea of emulating the success of Chuck Porter's SLS, which was well-known in SCCA road racing circles, or Ak Miller's Pikes Peak Special. One body shell was supposedly completed before its builders were threatened with a lawsuit from Mercedes-Benz; they promptly scrapped the project and left the completed shell abandoned in a San Gabriel valley backyard, where it languished for 55 years. When discovered by Dave Wolin, it was surrounded by bushes and weeds and had a tree growing through it!
With the help of some talented fiberglass experts and professional fabricators, the body shell was rejuvenated. The creators then built a current design chassis and added a new small block Chevrolet 350ci / 350 bhp crate motor, a Richmond Gear four speed transmission and a Speedway Engineering quick change rear end with limited slip.
The chassis, a multi-tube structure similar to current Trans Am and NASCAR road course designs, is powdercoated, with complete heim jointed suspension and coilover shocks; unequal length a frame suspension in the front, 4 link suspension in the rear and Woodward rack and pinion steering. The drivetrain includes an alloy flywheel, Ram competition clutch and hydraulic throwout bearing, GM disc brakes and an alloy competition quality driveshaft. The fuel system includes an SCCA / NASCAR legal fuel cell and aeroquip stainless braided hose throughout. Wheels are 17" Halibrand replicas by P.S. Engineering. All mechanical components, including engine, transmission, and rear end were brand new at the time of construction.
Price: $40,000 OBO
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