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Atelier Valdeig Attempts to Bring the Mercedes 300 SL Roadster into the 21st Century

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The W198 300 SL Gullwing and its Roadster counterpart are probably the most iconic Mercedes-Benz models ever made. They are also some the most expensive classic cars on the market today, so the simple fact of owning one is something special. Why would anyone try to “improve” on what is one of Mercedes’ most beautiful cars is a mystery to us.

Nevertheless, German design studio Atelier Valdeig thinks it can make the 300 SL Roadster look better with a concept for a widebody package. Before getting into details, we should tell you that for the moment, Atelier Valdeig has only done computer renderings, with no real 300 SL being harmed so far.

Valdeig’s idea of a better 300 SL Roadster was originally planned for a replica automaker, but the deal fell through. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop the company from continuing its work to develop a new look for the 300 SL. Atelier Valdeig came up with wider fenders to accommodate modern 16-inch Revolution wheels with white wall tires. However, the project allows for even bigger rims from Carlsson or wire wheels from muscle cars.

Speaking of muscle cars, you’ve probably noticed by now the Corvette C1-style side panels painted in a different color from the body. Another of Valdeig’s ideas is to offer the car with two types of headlights: vertical ones that we all know from the 300 SL Roadster or round ones taken from the 300 SL Gullwing.

Valdeig also offers different types of taillights and side pipes for the exhaust system. So there you have it, the 300 SL Roadster brought into the 21st century (against its own will, we should add). We're dying to hear your opinion on this tuning proposal.

By Dan Mihalascu


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11 Comments:

df-carguy said... »March 26, 2013

looks like a 3rd-world Karmann Ghia knock-off!

foolino said... »March 26, 2013

low quality photo shops?

GV said... »March 26, 2013

Fail.

Janoš Pečnik said... »March 26, 2013

Let's organize a foundation, buy every 300 SL Gullwing that shows up on the market and store them at a secret location until Atelier Veideg goes bankrupt.

Maurycy Kochanski said... »March 26, 2013

rape on good taste

CFK said... »March 26, 2013

What is wrong with people?

Dave Cohen said... »March 26, 2013

Hard to tell, is it NO TASTE or BAD TASTE?

Ferrari said... »March 27, 2013

Please, don't touch the 300 SL Gullwing!

Jake said... »March 27, 2013

Design by Will.I.Am

fitaholic said... »March 27, 2013

The side cut-outs look like an afterthought. Otherwise, if the build quality is up to spec, I actually like it. Thank goodness there are still people out there daring enough to actually use their imaginations.

psiqtas said... »March 28, 2013

One Germans dream of a Corvette C1 for me...

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