In the mid-1960s a mid-engine SL-X, which was created at Mercedes-Benz. Its design is based on the idea of the Italian Giorgio Battistella.
Giorgio Battistella and the former head of the Mercedes-Benz design department, Paul Bracq, sat down together and pondered about the design of a new sports car with the three-pointed star emblem on the hood. It can be assumed that one day is one day. In the end, after surely several discussions, sketches and drafts, Paul Bracq, who had the final say in his role as the head of the design department, gave his approval for an extremely flat design of Battistella. To facilitate the low-slung body it was the right position. Mercedes-Benz, is not known. But at least, for a more precise consideration, It was a good idea to build a wooden mock. Ultimately, the SL-X project and the sports coupe never progressed beyond the mock-up stage. Perhaps Bruno Sacco got his inspiration from the SL-X later on and adopted some characteristic components of the sports coupe concept, like the gull-wing doors and the seamlessly flushed pop-up headlamps, 111, which became popular, so the outside of the car scene, for its orange-colored experimental vehicles.
The history of the SL-X is recently cherished by Mercedes-Benz in the company’s own museum, where the wooden mock up is on exhibition.