Restoring a Gullwing just got easier

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Replacement hoods, deck lids, finders, etc. are being offered for 300SL restoration projects | Mercedes-Benz Classic photos

Saying that it is combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional craftsmanship skills, Mercedes-Benz Classic has announced the availability of reproduction metal body parts for the famed 300 SL “Gullwing” coupe.

Produced to what MB Classic calls “factory quality,” the parts can be ordered from any Mercedes-Benz sales outlet, according to the news release. Parts are “electrophoretically painted “which assures the highest technical and visual standards,” the company said.

A new front fender takes shape

Available now, and more parts are coming, MB Classic added, are (with serial numbers in parentheses):

•  Front paneling left (A198 620 03 09 40), 11,900 euros

• Front paneling right (A198 620 04 09 40), 11,900 euros

•  Rear paneling left (A198 640 01 09 40), 14,875 euros  

• Rear paneling right (A198 640 02 09 40), 14,875 euros

•  Rear-end center section (A198 647 00 09 40), 2,975 euros

• Rear-end floor (A198 640 00 61 40), 8,925 euros

(Prices include European taxes. 1 euro is about $1.20.)

“The metal parts are produced for Mercedes-Benz Classic by a certified supplier, whose expertise includes the highly complex construction of tools from optimized 3D data from original bodies,” MB Classic said. 

Three-pointed star emblem placed on a new panel to show precise fitment

“Metal parts produced on these tools are then worked into their final shape by hand using wooden mallets – another special process. The result of this symbiosis between state-of-the-art production technology and traditional craftsmanship is a high accuracy of fit that minimizes the need for subsequent work on the vehicle.

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“The precise 3D tool data also provide the basis for quality inspection by means of painstaking false color comparison. The measuring tool receives the data as a reference and uses false colors to visualize the measured deviations between the desired state and the actual state, thus making it possible for the measurement results to be unambiguously and quickly interpreted.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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