An amazing short movie featuring a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ has been created by the talented João Elias from Lisbon, Portugal.
The short clip features the iconic ‘Gullwing’ beginning life as a single ‘Rudge’ wheel throttling across the baron desert before joining in perfect synergy with its airborne shell.
The Mercedes 300SL is no stranger to celebrity status claiming 2nd place in the famous Mille Miglia, 1-2-3-4 at the Nürburgring and among other incredible achievements 1st and 2nd at Le Mans. The SL moniker (Sport Light) was a direct reference to the pioneering use of a welded, tubular-steel, ultra-light frame construction that weighed in at only 182 lb.
As the film progresses computer graphics expert, João Elias skillfully captures all four wheels joining the moving tubular-steel chassis whilst drawing the eyes into the assembly and workings of the differential and propshaft as the car morphosis into perfection.
The powerful 2,996cc OHC straight-six engine, fully independent suspension, fuel-injection system and exhaust are all delivered with meticulous attention paid to detail of the interior, dashboard clocks and animated stitching as the glorious metallic silver shell takes flight.
Only 1400 of the desirable Mercedes 300 SL Coupe were ever produced between 1954–1957, giving the German classic cult status around the world nowadays with prices averaging around $1,000,000 when they come to auction.
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The stunning graphics continue as the 300 SL continues its journey, wings spread, across the clear blue sky and eventually mates carefully with its now fully assembled chassis in full flow across the desert.
With a top speed of 161 mph and an impressive 0–60 mph acceleration of approximately eight seconds, depending on the rear-end ratio selected from five options, the 300SL ‘Gullwing’ was, without doubt, the fastest and most beautiful production automobile of its time.