Following hot on the heels of the well-received 2009 Gullwing-America 300SL Panamericana and news of the upcoming actual Mercedes-Benz Gullwing, Gullwing GmbH of Germany has announced that it’s producing a 300SL Gullwing replica that closely resembles the ’50s original.
However, any similarities end under the hood, as Gullwing GmbH’s recreation isn’t powered by a mechanically fuel injected straight-six, it’s powered by a modern Mercedes 5.5L V8 making 405 HP. Plus (or minus if you’re a fan of shifting for yourself), it also comes with a modern Mercedes 7-speed auto. That should allow for a fair degree of economy for long-distance continental travel, a task for which the original was well-suited even if it got a little warm inside on hot days. Chassis components are also taken from the modern Mercedes parts bin, although the rear axle is taken from Gullwing’s AC Cobra replica.
Prices start around $220,000 so if you want one of these, you’d better start saving your shekels.