Mercedes-Benz Classic at Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2018: “Urban Outlaw” Magnus Walker in 300 SL “Gullwing”

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Magnus Walker Silvretta 2018

Mercedes-Benz will be represented at the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2018 from 5 to 7 July 2018 by no fewer than four SL sports cars. The line-up will be completed by four further classic cars with the star on their bonnet. Particular attention will no doubt be paid to a red 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198): Magnus Walker will be at the wheel, “Urban Outlaw”, fashion designer, sports car collector and author. Walker will celebrate his 51st birthday during the rally on dream Alpine roads in Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Stuttgart. Sportiness is in the DNA of each generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL. This was demonstrated by the vehicles from the outset with their successes in the world of motor sport. At the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon, Mercedes-Benz Classic will recall this tradition with four very different sports cars: a 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198), the racing version of the 190 SL (W 121), a 230 SL (W 113) in the style of the rally vehicle of Eugen Böhringer from the early 1960s and a 500 SLC Coupé (C 107). The Stuttgart brand will line up with a total of eight classic cars from the company’s own collection and from ALL TIME STARS, the vehicle trading platform of Mercedes-Benz Classic.

The birth of the SL tradition from the spirit of racing was marked by the 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198). The coupé with the characteristic doors made its debut in 1954. Based on the 300 SL racing car (W 194) from 1952, the production version ranked at the time as a super sports car. The racing triumphs of the “Gullwing Coupé” include a class victory in the 1955 1000 Miglia. Fashion designer, sports car collector and author Magnus Walker will contest the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2018 in a black 300 SL. This will be a big coup for Mercedes, as “Urban Outlaw” Walker, who now lives in California, is a famous Porsche fan.

Racing driver and Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador Karl Wendlinger will drive a racing version of the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W 121) at the Silvretta Classic. The vehicle is based on the rare racing version of the 190 SL from 1955 with windowless aluminium doors, a smaller windscreen and other modifications.