The original SportLine started with a question. The SportLine Zero electric classic Mercedes began with a comment. From that moment, we simply had to build one… And we don’t use that word lightly. This isn’t a conversion.
Electric vehicle technology has become part of the modern motoring world. But the classic car industry was slow to embrace electric power. Then capital cities placed restrictions on internal combustion engines, based on emissions. As a result, the market for classic electric vehicles took root.
Embracing greener driving, those looking for a zero-emissions drive began to reach out. Once, there was apprehension about how the EV market might impact the classic car world. Now, there’s clarity and vision. We didn’t need an off-the-shelf conversion kit for the part-time mechanic. The market wanted a perfect representation of an SL. One that was superbly built and not compromised.
Born in 1971, ‘Greta’ arrived at SLSHOP ready for retirement. With a missing engine and faulty gearbox, she was left for hungry workshops to scavenge.
Call it destiny or call it timing. But as this SL rolled to its final stop at SLSHOP, Sam Bailey was hunting for an early car to transform. In the spirit of re-use and recycle, we plucked Greta from the jaws of the mechanics. She was sent to restoration.
Over the next year, we stripped this car to its core. Every issue was cared for to the highest degree. We wanted the first SportLine Zero to be both a showstopper and a show winner. The modern technology under the bonnet gave it show-stopping qualities. The old-fashioned craftsmanship added show-winning credentials.
From the outset, we saw SportLine Zero as an R107 electric classic Mercedes SL. We committed to building it in the true spirit of Mercedes-Benz. It wasn’t just a case of adding modern power to a classic chassis. We wanted old and new blended into one.
Every aspect of SportLine Zero was carefully planned to maintain the handling characteristics of the R107.
Many electric classic cars use a modern electric drivetrain with a pretty outer shell. But the R107 electric SportLine Zero keeps the axles, suspension, and driveshaft of the original. Wherever possible, we’ve used old-school technology to give it the weighty handling that R107 owners love.
The svelte lines of the R107 make it one of the most iconic shapes of all time. It’s a cutting edge design that neither dates nor fades. With the addition of 10 Tesla batteries, this car becomes… The most aesthetically accomplished and technologically capable classic car in the world.
It’s quintessentially Mercedes-Benz… recharged.