Video: Take A Look At The Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG Transformed Into A Unique 300 SL Speedster
The iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL has become a role model for John Sargsyan of the Los Angeles studio S-Klub when building a unique custom. None of the original 300 SLs were harmed during the creation of the car, but the sports car has a bit of a vintage Porsche design. The custom review is posted on the Hoonigan AutoFocus YouTube channel.
- The speedster is built on the basis of the Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster in a rare modification of the AMG 32: hence the 3.2-liter compressor V6 under the hood with a transparent insert. At the time of release, he developed 349 hp.
- The vast majority of body panels for a sports car are made of plastic, although there are some metal components. John himself noted that he would not want any classic car to suffer in the process of building a custom. Nevertheless, many of the parts involved are of original Mercedes origin, including, for example, the radiator grill and metal rings that frame the head optics.
The dimensions of the sports car are generally close to those of the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, but the creation of the S-Klub is noticeably wider: new wheel arches have added 115 millimeters to the width of the car. The arches received a visual continuation in the form of elongated stampings, which on the front fenders flow into the "ventilation grilles" - through which the exhaust pipes are brought out.
- All opening body panels - the boot, bonnet and compartment lid, where the convertible top mechanism was previously hidden - are equipped with servos. The trunk contains air suspension components and a battery packaged in an elegant suitcase, while the convertible top is replaced by parts of the McIntosh speaker system. The windshield of the speedster was borrowed from the Porsche 356 Speedster - according to the creators, of all the tested options, it was the only one that fit perfectly in size and fit into the concept.
- The interior has also been completely redone, although its design was based on the interior of the car that inspired them.
- In September, at the Bring Trailer auction, one of the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs changed its owner for 1,152,000 dollars (almost 85 million rubles).