The Mercedes-Benz SL is a roadster
manufactured by Mercedes since 1954. The designation SL derives from
the German Sport Leicht, or Sport Light and was first applied to the
300SL 'Gullwing' .
The 300 SL was introduced in 1954 in coupé form, featuring gullwing
doors. The 300 SL roadster succeeded the coupé in 1957. The
four-cylinder 190 SL was more widely produced with 25,881 units,
starting in 1955. Cars of the open SL-Class were available as a
coupe with a removable hardtop or as a roadster with convertible
soft top or with both tops. Production for the 190 SL and 300 SL
ended in 1963.