The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL by HWA is a Rare Sight

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL by HWA 3 photos
Photo: Andrew Chang Photography
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL by HWAMercedes-Benz 300 SL by HWA
Back at its launch in 1954, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198) was arguably the most jaw-dropping supercar in the world. Almost six decades later, the remaining examples of the 1400 units ever built are fetching six and even seven figures at classic car auctions.
Among the ground-breaking features that the 300 SL introduced, apart from its eye-catching gull-winged door opening mechanism, were the world's first direct injection system and the fact that at the time it was the fastest production car on the planet.

Since the model has become such a rarity, owners who are willing to modify their original Mercedes-Benz parts for a more modern feel are about as scarce as a hen's teeth.

That doesn't mean they don't exist, though, and not even a month ago we talked about such a man.

Back in the 1990s, someone going by the title of the Sultan of Brunei went to a company called HWA to built him a truly specially Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

As some of you know, HWA AG was founded by Hand Werner Aufrecht (yes, the Aufrecht who puts the A in AMG), so the company is in pretty tight connections with the three-pointed star brand.

The resulting 300 SL project is actually an original Gullwing with a modern 6-liter AMG V8 instead of the inline six, plus a redone interior, suspension and brakes.

Apparently, the Sultan of Brunei wasn't the only one requesting such a sacrilege for some and masterpiece for others, because a wealthy man in Honk Kong did the same. All in all, it is said that there are three examples of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL by HWA in the world, with the third being kept at the HWA headquarters in Affalterbach.

What you see here is the second car, spotted on the streets of Honk Kong by car photographer Andrew Chang. What do you guys think, is it a yay or a nay, because we're having mixed feelings about it?
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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