Gullwing replica mixes old and new

Mercedes is not the only company working on a new version of the 300SL Gullwing.

This is the Panamericana concept, a fibreglass-bodied recreation featuring a modern 5.5-litre Mercedes V8, producing around 370bhp.

See Mercedes' interpretation of the 300SL

Underneath is a powder-coated steel chassis, and the Panamericana rides on old-school 17in AMG alloys.

Inside there is a four-spoke leather steering wheel with power steering, plus air conditioning, a four-point harness, CD player and iPod adapter, and fitted leather luggage.

The car is the brainchild of engineer Arturo Alonso of Gullwing-America, who has raced the Carrera Panamericana in a Mercedes 300SE.

There are also plans to fit the car with a V6 motor and it will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-ratio Speedtronic automatic transmissions.

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