Remember the 1954 300SL? The slippery shape, the gullwing doors, that rasping engine? Well this 300SL is not that 300SL, or at least not entirely. The car that once more made Mercedes-Benz a brand to aspire to after the war came even earlier than that.
Unsurprisingly Mercedes-Benz was on its knees when peace finally came in 1945. Its factory had been bombed, its assets sold to pay for war reparations. Production finally restarted in 1947 with pre-war designs that continued to be built into the 1950s.