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Date registered: Sep 2004
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TRUE "CLASSICS" vs the 300SL Gulwing...
Yes the 300SL is a truly significant Merc., and a superb automobile (relative to its manufacture date) and yes, the overall production numbers are low and there's great racing history to boot! Prices of course too, are high... And, they were all hand made!
Yet, though it is a wonderful example of post WWII era Merc., earlier Merc's still rule the roost...
To me (and yes I could not afford any of these vehicles by any stretch of imagination) SSK and SSKL variant Mercs are the true classics! And the prices of these vehicles could afford one a number of 300SL's; a fleet of them to be exact.
Take the mid-to-late 30's 540's... When one becomes available, the price's tend to be in the millions and these vehicle's are in a "class" far apart from the later 300SL's...
So, the answer to this question, I suppose, would be: the 300SL is a great vehicle but there are "classics" and then there are "CLASSICS!"
There're a handful of vehicles (RE: History Channel special on Classics) that actually qualify under this category and they are rare birds indeed... (All vehicles in this category were made prior to World War II)
The 300SL again is a fine automobile but, can it compare to a Bugatti Royale? A Merc. 540SSK? Etc., etc....? The answer would be NO...
Are the 300SL's collectable? Heck YES! Are they pricey? Heck YES! And in the SLR form, they are "untouchable..." (I don't think there're any SLR's in "private" hands???)
All though the 300SL's can be described in many wonderful ways, they are NOT "classics" in the same sense as the "true" classics of all time...