1950s / 2015 Geneva Motor Show / German / Mercedes-Benz

Live from the Geneva Motor Show: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Mercedes-Benz introduced a limited-edition version of the SL-Class called Mille Miglia 417 at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. As its name implies, the limited-production roadster is a tribute to the 300 SL that took first place in its category at the 1955 edition of the Mille Miglia that kicked off on April 30th at 4:17 AM.

To commemorate the occasion, Mercedes took the race-winning SL out of storage and put it on display on its stand in Geneva. Driven by John Fitch and Kurt Gessl, the car wore the number 417 which explains the name of the limited-edition model.

The SL was powered by a fuel-injected 3.0-liter straight-six engine that made 215 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 202 lb-ft. of torque. The coupe was able to reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), a impressive velocity for the era.

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