Earl Bruce's Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

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Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing owned by Earl Bruce. Circa 1956 Von Dutch gave Earl's Mercedes a radical and unusual flame paint job. Later in his career, Von Dutch told Terry Cook that the hardest thing to paint was a long straight line, "which is of course true. When I asked him if it was factual that he was the first to paint flames on a car he said he first did it on motorcycles, but "Hell, the Lafayette Escadrille painted flames on their airplanes in WWI." One time he did a full flame job on a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing coupe and he said: "I thought they were going to lynch me for desecrating a shrine."[1]


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