Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and Sophia Loren (Italian Actress) in the same photograph. Nowadays, it is really hard and rare to see this type of two iconic beauties at the same frame. Hopefully, this happened at the end of 1950s or beginning of 1960s. Unfortunately, I could not find the exact date for these photos but according to manufacturing year of Mercedes 300 SL (1955), that time frame fits quite well.
(Information for the new generation: Sophia Loren awarded one Grammy, five special Golden Globes, one BAFTA, a Laurel Award, and Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. And she doesn't have an Instagram account, that's why you are Googling her now.)
Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing with 237421 ROMA licensed plate was owned by Sophia Loren. However, I have no idea where this 300 SL now exists. If this 300 SL still owned by Sophia Loren, you cannot estimate its value. Literally, priceless!
Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing was produced between the years 1954 – 1957. It was powered by a 3-lt direct injection petrol engine (direct injection now became standard) with 215 HP and coupled with 4-speed manual gearbox. The top speed was not limited to 250 km/h, it was more than 280 km/h. And the 300 SL Gullwing only weighs 1,3-tonne.
Nowadays, a 300 SL Gullwing is sold around $1.000.000!
By the way, this is what I call a proper Mercedes-Benz