NEW GERMAN CARS
Mercedes 300SL sports coupe has a six-cylinder, 183-cu.-in. engine of 240 hp, inclined on its side. Fuel injection replaces the carburetors; tubular chassis features independent suspension on all four wheels. The unusual body has upswinging, gull-wing doors. Speed: 160 mph; U.S. sales price: $7,295.
Porsche "Spyder" Type 550 competition roadster is a sports-racing model of aerodynamic design. Rear-mounted, air-cooled flat four engine with overhead camshafts displaces only 90 cu. in. yet develops 110 hp. Overall third in Mexican race, Type 550 can do 140 mph. Sells in U.S. for $7,400.
THREE NEW FRENCH BEAUTIES
Salmson smooth-lined coupe on E-72 chassis is a postwar comeback effort of the veteran sports-car and aero-engine firm near Paris. Four-cylinder, 108-hp overhead camshaft engine displaces 140 cu. in.; transmission features clutchless shift. Speed is 110 mph. Price f.o.b. at French factory is $4,200.
Panhard DB coupe with bulbous front, flush-mounted headlights carries experimental plastic body by Chausson— France's big press shop. Famed for Le Mans victories on Performance Index, the DB has front drive and a flat air-cooled twin engine of only 52 cu. in., 42 hp. Car is priced at $3,500.
Talbot Lago Grand Sport is the newest streamlined version of famous model. Six-cylinder, 273-cu.-in. overhead-valve engine develops 215 hp; a self-shifting Cotal electric transmission is featured. Speed 124 mph. Few of these luxury cars have been built since firm started on armaments project. Price in France: $5,980.
NEW PEGASO IN SPAIN
Pegaso Model Z-102 with custom Berlinetta body by Saoutchik features ultramodern 171-cu.-in. overhead camshaft V-8 engine producing 250 hp. de Dion rear axle, five-speed transmission. Designed by Wilfredo Ricart, former Alfa Romeo engineer, it has a 160-mph speed, costs $20,000. Supercharger optional.