Mercedez-Benz is no stranger when it comes to creating iconic automobiles, but arguably the most recognizable of the marque’s many storied models is the legendary SL. The sporting grand tourer has been an object of desire and a key part of Benz’s lineup since its first unveiling in March of 1952. Now, to mark the 70th anniversary of the model, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is hosting a new exhibition dedicated to telling the story of the SL.
“The Fascination of the SL – a Dream Car for 70 Years” is a new upcoming exhibition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, and it looks to be a must-visit for fans of the sports car icon. The exhibition will feature nine SL models on a series of S-bends, covering the range from the first race car through the current generation. Kicking things off will be the oldest SL in existence: a 1952 300 SL racing car, vehicle identification number 2. Following that car on the classic side are a 1955 300 SL Gullwing, a 1959 190 SL open-top roadster, a 1961 300 SL Roadster, and a 1965 230 SL “Pagoda” with its iconic roof shape. Getting into more modern times, we have everyone’s favorite “‘80s rich guy car,” a 1982 500 SL, the model that introduced the V8 engine to the line. And rounding out the exhibit are a trio of 500 SLs from the new millennium: a 2000 “SL Edition,” a 2001 model, which debuted the automatic folding steel roof, and a 2015 “Mille Miglia 417” with its bold and aggressive styling.
“The Fascination of the SL – a Dream Car for 70 Years” exhibition opens on October 22, 2021 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum and is scheduled to run until May 15, 2022.
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