Filipino-American designer Jon Sibal is known for styling some of the wildest vehicles out there. One of his wildest creations that made it into reality was the widebody Toyota Tacoma with a NASCAR V8 under the hood. Before they were built in real life, most of them started as renders.
It's the same with this classic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL or “Gullwing” that has been slammed and fitted with overfenders.
The render is inspired by the S-Klub Speedster that Sibal designed himself last year. Just like the Tacoma, there's also a real-life model of that vehicle. But for now, let's focus on the green 300SL we see here. It features the same kit and rides on the same set of wheels as the gray example from last year. However, this one features a new removable hardtop designed to fit and flow with the existing speedster windshield. Because of the profile of the roof, it gives the SL a chop-top design.
Since it has a removable hardtop, the 300 SL here doesn't have the signature gullwing doors. Still, it looks great as it is, especially in that shade of green. Because of the overfenders, it also resembles the Shelby Cobra when viewed from the photo below.
Before the purists go up in pitchforks, the gray SL from last year wasn't created from an original 300 SL for the project. The owner, John Sarkisyan from S-Klub, built it from a Mercedes-Benz SLK and put a fiberglass body of a 300 SL on top. That said, the green chop-top you see in the render won't be either once it's built. Will it have an AMG engine under the hood once again? Only time will tell.
There's no word on when we will see the "chop-top" S-Klub Speedster in the metal, but it's likely to debut at SEMA later this year. Hopefully, they retain the shade of green from the render we see here.