An introduction to Mercedes 500SEC Gullwings

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Soon to follow: Franco

Styling-Garage might have the first, but as with all things are succesful they soon the only ones. At the 1983 Motorshow Franco Sbarro the 500SEC based Sbarro 1000. There were differences between the cars by Styling-Garage and Sbarro, mainly it comes to construction of the doors and the of plastic involved. Sbarro’s material was glassfibre so the doors and other parts were from this material. The car was also a bit more extreme it came to styling since had redesigned the front end of the car, also made it harder to it as a Mercedes.

The Sbarro Gullwing, named 1000. This car was introduced one after the SGS introduced their Gullwing. 

In 1984 Sbarro another Gullwing-doored Mercedes, at the Geneva Motorshow. This it looked like a converted but it was in fact a 500SE based named Sbarro Al-Ajda Although it looked like an SEC chopped roof the complete of the car was made out of glassfibre, only the and engine being true One of these Sbarro Gullwings was bought by a customer and then to Carat by Duchatelet in Belgium to the Duchatelet Albatross, a one-off had a beautiful trade-mark Duchatelet interior, much better anything Sbarro could

Another Sbarro creation, but by Belgian coachbuilder Frederic the Duchatelet Albatross.


Uwe Gemballa was no stranger in the of the 1980s and his Mercedes conversions are legendary. It’s no suprise has worked on several Gullwings. The were never carried out by himself, but were done by companies and then fitted new interior, special paint, conversions and high-tech gadgets. Gemballa used were made by both Styling-Garage made for the Sultan of Brunei and one for the family of Saudi-Arabia) and Sbarro which was fitted with the camera-system seen on the Gemballa and Avalanche). 


GFG, another German best known for stretching and their Mercedes 500SK also did an attempt at making a It is very likely the Gullwing was built by Styling-Garage or one of the subcontractors supplied Styling-Garage with the The interior of the 5000GFG Gullwing did some very distinct features like the typical with the TV mounted next to the

Sbarro tuning

Trasco Bremen

Bought Styling-Garage, the Trasco Gullwing.

the UK:  Panther Cars and Grand Metalcraft

In the UK there were two that have built or Mercedes (500)SEC Gullwings. One of being Panther Cars, who a 1000SEC badged 500SEC which was never sold and even shipped to Korea the company moved it’s to Asia. 

Gullwing’s to the max: (500SEL-based) four-door Gullwing

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