This Mercedes-Benz 300SL (with an in-house code name of "W194") is no ordinary vintage thoroughbred. It is, after all, the forefather of the SL-class cars. (The letters "SL" stood for "Sport Leicht" - German for "light" - while "300" referred to its 3-litre engine.) This stylish gull-winged vehicle first made waves on race tracks back in 1952, before hitting the roads two years later. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the 1952 race car has been restored, close to its original state. It was unveiled in January during the launch of the new, wider and longer 300SL (R231). Which should be making its presence felt on the asphalt - like the original did - really soon.