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This One-Off Gullwing Actually Started Life As An ’01 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG

Photo: Crossley & Webb

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is one of the most beautiful and forward-thinking vehicles to come out of postwar Germany. A true automotive masterpiece, its stunning bodywork was made only better by the fact that it hid innovations like a tubular frame and a Bosch fuel injection module. That being said, the Gullwing’s hefty price tag means that many auto enthusiasts will never get to drive — much less own — one for themselves.

Unless you fancy the tribute before you, in which case you can have the next best thing. Based on a 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG, it features a handmade aluminum body designed using a 3D scan of an original 300SL. Granted, it’s had to be altered to fit around its modern underpinnings, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it makes for a pretty remarkable project. Pop the hood and you’ll find a supercharged 3.2L V6 good for 350hp and 332lb-ft of torque — more than enough for a sub-5s 0-60 time given that it’s nearly 400kg (882lbs) lighter than factory. And when you consider that it offers amenities like power steering and air conditioning, the result is a rare opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind modern classic. Make it yours for $130,000.

Purchase: $130,000

Photo: Crossley & Webb
Photo: Crossley & Webb
Photo: Crossley & Webb