One of the most popular impressions about having exotic fabrication for the body of a car brings us to the ‘Ghost’ 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass, which literally had a transparent spooky look to it. Then came wood, which transformed into master artistry like the Tryane II and the Wooden Opel that showed how much this fabric can actually be used to construct a functional vehicle. However, the one we came across is a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, which has entirely been handcrafted out of teakwood, by an artist in Germany. Standing as a testimony of fine craftsmanship with in-depth detailing, this wooden Mercedes is almost as alive through the construction and build quality, as the real edition would ever have been.
When it came to luxurious detailing for an automotive art piece, there might not be much more perfection than the Lamborghini Aventador miniature, which replicated the real car in carbon fiber, and precious gemstone detailing. It even carried a $4.7 million tag along with its miniature construction. This special wooden edition of the 300SL carries just a $6,668 price tag, but is definitely a 1:1 scale model, made entirely out of teakwood. In terms of comparisons, that’s the kind of money one would need to service the real model of the Mercedes, but the detailing is indeed admirable.
The Front screen, with the detailed carving of the bonnet, the neat mirror, the protruding front grille, and the perfect headlamps: take a pick to observe the detailing, and compare it to any real edition of the 1955 Mercedes 300SL, and be rest assured its going to stun you in some ways or the other.
Hopefully the designing has been done with great care on the interiors too. The side doors are functional and one can hop in to relieve the woody ambience. The radio slot and its adjusting knobs, the darker shade of the steering wheel and multi-layered central console, and contrasting gear handle all point towards the smooth surfacing and handiwork that has gone in to texturing the minor details. It almost made children out of us, when we tried to steer the car on to the road, but alas, it was all wood!
The back is nothing short to perfection either. The wheel hub caps, the bumpers, the rear trunk, license plate are also as detailed as possible. We had the temptation to check it by trying to detach, but then the admiration factor stopped us. In fact, so much had been the attention on it that the car has actually changed for a customer. Hence, if you wish to order it, it got to be a fresh one from this genius at Duisburg, Germany. Wonder if he would be ready to make other such cars out of wood.