The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was conceived initially as a purpose-built racing sports car (W 194). In 1952, the coupe notched up an impressive record of successes in the year’s major races. After lengthy deliberations, the green light was given for series production of the road-trim 300 SL, as well as a smaller, open-top sports car, the 190 SL. Only 1,400 Gullwings rolled off the production line, the majority of which – roughly 1,100 units – made their way to the USA. Today you’ll need well over a million dollars to own one. Love.