Anton "Tony" Ostermeier built these high quality Gullwing replicas on a modern Mercedes 300E chassis using aluminum reinforced with aircraft epoxy/fiberglass and steel. With a background in aeronautical engineering, Tony crafted parts that were so accurate and of high quality that they were ultimately purchased and used on authentic 300SL coupes and roadsters. In fact his reproduction pieces were so good; he even sold parts to M-B in Germany. Most of the cars built were shipped to Japan and Germany making this car one of only a handful in the United States, and it is thought that only about 50 Gullwings were constructed in total. This is 1,900 mile original car attractively finished in red with tan leather interior. A Nardi wood rim steering wheel accents the interior which also has fitted luggage, air conditioning and a quality stereo system. Unusually, and potentially enjoyably for drivers who prefer not to relinquish control of the drivetrain to computers and hydraulics it has a 5-speed manual gearbox to take full advantage of the 300E's 6-cylinder engine. Blackwall Pirelli P5 tires are mounted on chrome wheels. It has been fastidiously maintained since it was built and will reward its next owner with style, performance, handling, luxurious appointments and creature comforts. Is it "real?" Not exactly, but it stands on its own as an unusually high quality, luxurious touring automobile with its own heritage and stature. Out on the highway in air conditioned comfort shifting from 4th to 5th at go-to-jail speed it will be difficult to object.
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