But now back to Upper Bavaria. This is not Martin Semm’s first drive in a 300 SL. The sporty Hesse native, like moustachioed film star Clark Gable, is a lover of style, speed, and beautiful automobiles. His favourite car of them all: the 300 SL. He, too, owns both the Roadster and a Gullwing. And while he also loves to drive these cars, he restricts himself to leisurely jaunts totalling no more than 1,500 to 2,000 kilometres per year.
This particular outing will take him from Lake Starnberg towards the Alps. Passers-by stop, mouths agape, to take photographs. Whenever he gets out, people ask him about the car’s year of construction and engine performance. He happily takes the time to answer their questions. It is, after all, part and parcel of having a car like this.