Gallery: the fastest production cars ever
From Jag XK120 and Miura to Venom, meet the quickest road cars in history
Posted: 26 Feb 2014
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL - 140mph
Back once again for the renegade Benz. The stunning SL was loosely based on MB's circa-1952 racer, the 300SL. It got a tubular spaceframe and aluminum bonnet, doors and boot lid. And if you had the readies, an all-aluminium panel option was available, which shaved off 80kg.
But it was the aerodynamics that really helped the SL achieve such an impressive terminal velocity. In its day, it was slipperier than a hot-buttered mackerel. See those horizontal eyebrow things over the wheel arches? They actually reduce drag.