Mercedes-Benz SL: Six Decades of History Poured Into Miniature Classic Models

The Mercedes-Benz SL legacy began in 1954 with the 300 SL, which introduced the famous "Gullwing" doors and kickstarted the SL line. Since then, the company has continued to roll out sports cars that combine elegance and speed in a single package.
A 1:24 scale model of the 230 SL “Pagoda” (W 113) in sand beige metallic 8 photos
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The 300 SL's success reintroduced the Stuttgart-based carmaker to an international audience of motorsport enthusiasts. And while now most fans cannot get their hands on a classic life-sized model, their appetite can still be fueled by scaled-down versions of these sports cars.

Miniatures are available at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Shop website, and they include toys and models in various scales, from the 300 SL  (W 198) with a pull-back drive in red or silver to the  hand-built, patinated version of the same vehicle.

A 1:24 scale of the 300 SL (W 198) and the 230 SL "Pagoda" (W 113) are also included in the collection. From the gullwing doors to the bonnet, these models are made of die-cast zinc with plastic pieces and come with adjustable features.

While there is a wide range of SL models accessible to buyers, enthusiasts will also find the R 231 series in the collection, which is available in smaller formats, particularly sized at 1:38 and 1:43. Plus, there's a 1:38 scale version of the trailer set, which includes a G-Class, trailer, and SL Gullwing.

In addition to these detailed miniature cars, the shop includes workshop manuals for the 300 SL (W 198) and reproductions of operating manuals for different SL sports cars such as the 190 SL (W 121), as well as the 107 model series for SL Roadsters and SLC Coupés.

These manuals provide an in-depth look into the history of each Mercedes-Benz SL from the perspective of skilled mechanics. The prices can range from €34.90 / $42.51 to €149.90/$182.64.

Don't be surprised to also find accessories such as wine bottle stoppers in the shape of the shift lever knob from the 300 SL Coupé (each priced at €14.90/$18.16) and ballpoint pens which play the original engine sound of the iconic sports car with just a click (€12.90/$15.72).

Umbrellas, keyrings, magnets, USB sticks, you name it, because the Mercedes-Benz Classic Shop will likely have it. From a variety of SL-related products that you can feast your eyes on, SL lovers of all ages are bound to find their ideal item (they won't be able to drive it, but it makes one hell of a collectible).
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