Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” by Brabus!

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” by Brabus!

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Nature meets nature: For the first time, Andy Warhol’s artwork from the “Cars” series and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé model can be seen together. Pop art Andy Warhol ‘s “Cars” series (1928 to 1987) is world famous. It features selected cars from Mercedes-Benz and original brands in an impressive, colorful performance that exemplifies the North American artist. The first of its motifs at the beginning of the 1986 photo series: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198).

“Gullwing” by Brabus

From June 21 to 26, 2022, a work of art depicting a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and a sports car can be seen in the vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz Memorial Hall. The real screen printer comes from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection. The car was donated by BRABUS GmbH, Bottrop, with confirmation that it was a sports car that Warhol used as a model for the “Cars” photo series.

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The joint presentation is the very first show. Because of the world-famous works of art, wonders and a special car have never been shown together before. Exhibits in the atrium of the Mercedes-Benz Museum are available free of charge. “Andy Warhol’s ‘Cars’ series marks the culmination of this artist’s creative output. It’s a work of endless beauty,” says Bettina Haussmann, Head of Mercedes-Benz Museum. art an opportunity to be impressed by its 300 SL image and ‘model car’ provided by BRABUS together. “

History of 300 SL “Gullwing” and registration number “EI-DR 1”

The 300 SL was built from 1954 to 1957. Only 1,400 vehicles are manufactured in the Sindelfingen factory, largely using manufacturing techniques. “Gullwing” is one of the most popular Mercedes-Benz cars – and was named “Sports Car of the Century” in 1999.

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The car with registration number “EI-DR 1” was privately owned for 39 years until BRABUS GmbH bought it in 2020 and found it to be a model car for the “Cars” photo gallery. This “Gullwing” was developed in 1955 in a combination of silver-gray (DB 180) and blue leather (DB 355) with Rudge wheels. This time in private hands, a 300 SL photo and plate number “EI-DR 1” ended up in a sports car book. According to a BRABUS GmbH study, Andy Warhol used the image of this car as an example of the first motif in his “Cars” series. The artist has never seen the car itself in nature. BRABUS restored the car according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

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Expertise from Mercedes-Benz Classic confirms the reality of 300 SL. Mercedes-Benz Classic regularly gathers expert opinions about high quality classics from the Mercedes-Benz brand. Detailed content of these reports includes details of personal vehicle history and assessment of vehicle authenticity. All expertise is based on in-depth research on the car itself and in the detailed records of Mercedes-Benz AG.

“Cars”: A series of photos celebrating the centenary of the car

The “Cars” photo series was commissioned by Daimler-Benz AG from Andy Warhol in 1986 to mark the centenary of the car. The purpose is to have 80 images, based on 20 selected cars from Mercedes-Benz and previous brands, a history of car history from Daimler car and Benz patrol car from 1886 to the present. Warhol could not complete the series: by the time he died in 1986 and 1987, a total of 36 paintings and 13 large-scale paintings depicting eight different models were completed. The Mercedes-Benz Art Gallery still owns 30 images and screenshots printed on the screen from the completed series. They are available to employees and the international public within the company and in museum exhibitions.

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The Mercedes-Benz Art Gallery was founded in 1977. The collection focuses on the 20-year-old avant-garde art and modern art: Summary examples in the Bauhaus context and cultural modernity, Concrete, Creative and Informel post 1945, European Zero Art, Minimalism and Conceptual Arts, Neo-Geography, the authenticity and conceptual tendencies in contemporary international art, automotive-related art, international photography, video art and sculpture. The Mercedes-Benz Art Gallery highlights a commitment to art as an integral part of Mercedes-Benz Group AG’s social identity and cultural profile. The global presence of the company is reflected in the greater mobility of the collection, but also in the form of increased inclusion of international positions that follow the basic direction of the collection.

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“The dialogue between the art and history of automobiles will play a major role in the permanent exhibition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum,” says Bettina Haussmann. “In addition to the artwork we are already exhibiting at the museum, we will be making more items from the Mercedes-Benz Art Gallery available to the public from October. We look forward to enhancing this cultural feature here in our company.

BRABUS Classic 6-star restoration on this 300 SL Gullwing

Recently, almost two years after the purchase, the 6-star BRABUS Classic restoration of this car was completed. More than 4,500 hours of work and countless new parts were invested. In fact, for the same specifications the sports car was once released as a new car from Daimler-Benz. Perfection is the first priority and so this trick was first broken and listed until the last scratch. New key parts were purchased, recyclable natural materials recycled into a new clean environment.

The body and shape were completely discolored and damaged. Experienced metalworkers restored it to its original condition with great care. Complete anti-corrosion protection and the latest color protection technologies were only part of the scope of work as a complete painting of original “Silver Gray 180 metallic”. Along with body work, the entire car train was rebuilt by BRABUS. Special natural lubricants from technology partner Motul ensures the highest operational safety for daily operation.

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BRABUS Classic technicians also did not compromise when it came to the brakes and brakes: They replaced all the components with new parts, thus ensuring the best possible safety. The two-seater pilot room was added to the upholstery in the BRABUS upholstery store similar to the original and fully elevated to the last corner. For this, as the old-fashioned workmanship works with this special car, only natural leather “Blue 355” and fabric and carpet in the same color “Gray L 1” and quality were processed.

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After completing the work in the various departments, the sports car was reassembled with state-of-the-art precision at the BRABUS Classic Factory at its headquarters in Bottrop. Of course, not only all parts of mechanical wear, but also all seals and electronic board equipment were completely redesigned.

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Following the completion of the restoration, Germany’s largest specialist body of Class Class Vehicle specialists, as well as every standard Mercedes car rebuilt by BRABUS Classic, also evaluated the 300 SL Gullwing. And he also gave this car a class 1 status and added a “new car character”. The car will remain in possession of BRABUS Classic until further notice.

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