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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

  •  Ground up restoration

In favor of the 2008 season, a weekly audience has tuned into Dream Car Garage for a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration of BASF's 1957 300SL, one of only 76 built in the Gullwing's last year of production. The 300SL Gullwing, a technological and styling marvel, signaled the rebirth of Mercedes in the post war world

A world leader in automotive OEM and refinish technologies, BASF has supplied paint to manufacturers since the dawn of the automotive industry. Over the years, BASF has amassed a collection of classic and exotic cars from many of its strategic customers. BASF bought the 1957 Gullwing a decade ago because the 300SL is a timeless classic, similar to Glasurit's line of automotive refinish products themselves.

Restored from its revolutionary tube frame up and finished with BASF's Glasurit® 90 Line of waterborne automotive finish products, the project was conducted by Dream Car Garage's brother company, Legendary Motorcar.

Peter Klutt, host of Dream Car Garage, arrived at Meadow Brook on Aug. 3, 2008 to participate in the formal handoff of the Gullwing to Jay Baker, Group Vice President of BASF's Coatings Division in North America. Klutt will also conducted a restoration seminar in the BASF-sponsored media tent.

"What a great venue for our official return of the Gullwing to BASF," said Klutt. "We are thrilled to have been involved in this restoration project and are looking forward to sharing it with all of the car enthusiasts coming to this exciting event."

About Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance

Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world. It is held on the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall, a 1920's Tudor-revival mansion built by the widow of John Dodge. The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is an exhibition of automotive design, craftsmanship and history. Over the years, it has served as a significant fundraiser for the preservation of Meadow Brook Hall. Later at the 2008 Concourse d'Elegance, the Legendary Motorcar Restoration Team and BASF paints were rewarded with the pretigious Blue Ribbon award for the restoration completed on this beautiful '57 Gullwing Mercedes.



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