M 198 – the heart of Mercedes 300 SL

M198 model is a Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder gasoline engine which became the basis for Mercedes 300 SL sports models, produced in the 50s. It was the fastest car produced in Germany at the time, built on the basis of the popular 300 model – the biggest and most prestigious limousine. Mercedes 300 SL was also the first sports car allowed to be used on public roads, equipped with doors which opened upwards (so called “wings” from German “Flügeltüren” or English “Gull-wing”. This sports machine owed its performance to M 198 engine which was the first Mercedes unit with a direct fuel injection system.