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To celebrate its 50-year milestone, the Gull Wing Group teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to recreate their infamous group photo at Fort Point Park with the Golden Gate Bridge as its backdrop. The Gull Wing Group was originally founded in 1961 by Ernie Spitzer with just eighteen 300 SL Coupe owners. 50 years later, the Gull Wing Group now has over 600 owners, all sharing the same passion for the 300 SL.
On June 10th, 2011, almost 50 years post the original photo’s taking, close to 100 members showed up with a total of 24 Gull Wings and 14 Roadsters to rejuvenate the classic photo. In addition, Mercedes-Benz is showing their support for the Gull Wing Group by donating 125 scholarships to provide children with the opportunity to participate in San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department’s summer educational program.
Mercedes produced 1,400 300 SL Gull Wings between 1954-1957 and is one of the most sought after collectible vehicles in the world. Of course now we have the SLS AMG to pay tribute to the gull wing design, which was inspired by the original 1954 300 SL.