First shown by Mercedes at the Geneva Car Show in March
1957, the Roadster was not put into production until the
Almost identical to the Mercedes "Gullwing"
Coupe, the roadster had a lower door line that made
entering and exiting the vehicle much easier, something
that the rich and famous females that had fallen for
the Coupe had ultimately decreed as 'ungainly'.
Even though this was the car that the dealers, particularly
in the US, had demanded of Mercedes, the car was never
to gain quite the enthusiastic support of its predecessor.
The tubular frame that the vehicle was constructed on
became heavier (now 1330kg instead of 1295kg) to cope
with the absence of a roof, although the engine was slightly
upgraded to produce 250bhp.
A hardtop was available as an option on the roadster from
September 1958 - naturally at an extra cost - and in March
1961 four wheel disc brakes were installed as a regular