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1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing

For any car fan, it’s a privilege to lift the surprisingly light gullwing door, climb over the wide sill and drop into the 300 SL’s low-slung seat.

For any car fan, it’s a privilege to lift the surprisingly light gullwing door, climb over the wide sill and drop into the 300 SL’s low-slung seat. Taking the car for a spin fulfils a childhood dream.

Push a small chrome button, and the engine splutters into life. Nothing much happens when you pull away, but it’s not long before the 300 SL’s racing roots shine through.

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Find a straight, hold on to a gear and the engine comes alive as the revs rise, and it gets louder and pulls stronger with every rpm.

In corners there’s lots of body roll by modern standards, but if you’re brave you can tighten your line by dabbing the throttle.

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