Ventilation is poor but there are effective quarter light windows in the door windows, which whistle loudly.
It’s stable at speed, but there’s about an inch of free movement at the 17in wheel rim, which is partly the old-fashioned steering box, partly the tall 15in Dunlops.
So you need to think your way through the corners, turn in, apex and exit points; it’s as much about vision as it is the car’s dynamics, but you have to concentrate.
That rear suspension imposed a high rear roll centre and encouraged large camber and toe-in changes according to the wheel travel.
The problem was fixed for the later roadster versions of the 300SL, but quite how Rudi Uhlenhaut, Mercedes-Benz’s legendary engineer/chief designer allowed his gorgeous car to be offered to the public with such a flaw is understandable, if not altogether excusable. Since the boom in classic car prices, gullwing values have gone nuclear.
There’s a steadfastness about the way it rides, with no squeaks or rattles from the latches and catches. In two months this remarkable car will be celebrating its 60th as a road car at the Festival of Speed.