How far would you go to own your dream car? Would you work your entire career to afford the original, or would a replica version do just as well? Car enthusiast and builder John Sarkisyan built this Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing clone as he is a big fan of the original 300SL Gullwing, as many of us are.
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The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing clone is more than just a reasonable facsimile of the original. Sarkisyan took a full-size mold from an original car and created a perfect replica body. He bought Mercedes trim from the factory, such as all the glazing, wherever he could, even at great expense.
Once the bespoke fibreglass body of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing clone was ready he dropped it over a modern-day Mercedes SLK. Both cars use the same wheelbase so it was an easy fit. The stunning replica uses the donor car’s suspension (now uprated with KW springs and dampers), transmission and engine. The supercharged V6 engine has been tuned to develop over 280 kW, a fair deal more than the 1950s 300SL.
The interior is a mix of old and new, with original 300SL seats being accompanied by modern-day electronics, air-conditioning and instruments. HRE custom alloy wheels are just part of the modernisation visible from the outside, the others include massive brake calipers finished in red and vented discs.
In this video, Sarkisyan talks to automotive photographer Larry Chen to explain the inspiration, difficulties and challenges facing him through the car’s build process. Sarkisyan’s creation is so close to the original that many people have criticised him for his actions, most thinking that he has modded a real 300SL. Be sure to watch all the way to the end of the video.