Wednesday, February 22, 2012

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

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The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is a colorful exception in the racing history of the brand. It is based partly on the technology of the successful Grand Prix car, but also has the body of a road racer. It secured major victories for the brand in 1955 and did its part to establish its fame.

The 300 SLR was planned for the 1954 season, and the company already had entered it in the Le Mans 24-hour race, but then withdrew it at short notice – the car wasn’t ready yet. As late as September 1954 a prototype hit the track in Monza for a couple of test laps, with a dry weight of 860 kilograms including two spare wheels in its luggage compartment. Even Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the silver racing roadster was a premium product – as robust as a tank but as agile as a jungle cat, as eloquent 300 SLR driver John Fitch put it in his autobiography, “Racing with Mercedes”.

eight-cylinder in-line 
four-stroke petrol engine with direct injection 
Displacement: 2982 cc - Output: 310 hp (228 kW) 
Top speed: over 300 km/h 

Entered in racing: 1955

Source: Daimler AG
Via : Mercedes benz passion

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  1. The picture of 722 is very emotive - in 1995 Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson, who had been the winning driver and co-driver in the 1955 Mille Miglia, gave a demonstration run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. They received a tumultuous welcome. Denis Jenkinson is still remembered fondly by readers of Motor Sport magazine; Sir Stirling is a national treasure!

  2. Mr.Schwartz very true , he was a great inspiration to many racers and thank you for those kind words do follow our blog

  3. Legendary. The victories by Rudolph Uhlenhaut in this car made both an absolute legend. Well, maybe the car was already a legend because of the '54 300 SL.

    This car still gives many auto enthusiasts goosebumps.


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