mercedes 300 slr 1955


Mercedes Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé, 1955. A road-going version of the 300 SLR sports racer which combined the 300 SLR’s rolling chassis and aerodynamic nose cone with the hard-top and gullwing doors of the production 300 SL Gullwing.  Capable of 290 km/h (180 mph) the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé was by far the fastest road car of its era. Only two 300 SLR Coupés were made

The wings of the Uhlenhaut SLR

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR | Uhlenhaut Coupe | W196S | Sports Leicht Rennsport - Sports Light Racing | Fixed Head Coupe | Chassis No 0007/55 | 3.0L M 196 S Inline 8 310 hp | Top Speed 284 kph 176 mph

Based on the W196 Mercedes-Benz F1 car used in the 1954 and 1955 Formula One seasons | After the tragic incident at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Mercedes-Benz withdrew from Motorsport and two of the nine W196s were made into road-legal sports cars | Uhlenhaut SLR was the fastest production car of the period

722 | Number made fammous by Sterling Moss in his 300 SLR and the resurgence of the Silver Arrow

1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR MM | W196S | Sport-Leicht Rennsport | Super-Light Racing | Mille Miglia | 2.5L 8 cyl 310 bhp | Top Speed 300 kph 186 mph | Sports Racing Car used in the World Sportscar Championship | One of the best racing cars of its time | Only 9 units were ever built

No 722 300SLR driven by Sterling Moss won the 1955 Mille Miglia race while Juan Manuel Fangio took 2nd place | The SLRs took 1st and 2nd place in the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod and at the Targa Florio in Sicily | Due to points gained the races, the 300SLR won the 1955 World Sportscar Championship for Mercedes

While Fangio in a 300SLR was leading the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the other 300SLRs driven by Pierre Levegh crashed, killing 82 and injuring more than 100 spectators | That remains the
highest-fatality accident in motorsport history

Unfortunately, the racing career of the 300SLR was prematurely ended and its full potential as a Race Car was never realized, when Mercedes, due to the incident at Le Mans, withdrew from Motorsport until the mid-1980