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Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

sports car (1955)

The acronym W198 identifies the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, a luxury sports car produced from 1954 to 1957 as a coupé (in its configuration it was also known by the nickname "Ali di Gabbiano") and from 1957 to 1963 as a roadster from the German Mercedes Benz.

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL has enormous historical significance, both for its technical sophistication, and the fact that has captivated generations of fans, yet it has been the decisive testimony of the Daimler-Benz wants to reassert itself in those areas who had made famous in the pre-war, class and elegance of its cars, but also their weight in sporting competitions.
Another factor that strongly emphasizes the 300SL is the fact that it is the progenitor of a whole range of luxury sports cars marked with the initials SL, a name came up again in the form today and that stands for Sport Leicht, or Sport Light.

The history of the 300SL has its roots at the time when, in 1949, the Daimler-Benz was allowed to return once again to produce cars. Up to that point had not been allowed by the occupying German territory and were sharing. The only exception was constituted by the W136 range, the design of which dated back to the thirties.

 One of the priorities that the Daimler-Benz set himself was to get back to winning races around the world. He must be so designed and produced a car capable of fulfilling that purpose. We had also noted that economic resources were not sufficient to develop a car from scratch, specifically for racing. One has to make do with what we already had available. It is March 27, 1950.

The project was commissioned Rudolf Uhlenhaut, brilliant designer of the German House, which in a relatively short time built the 300SL racing, driven by the 3-liter M194, also not new, but in turn derived from the 3-liter M186 mounted on large sedans Typ 300. Also taken from the series production were also changing and suspension. This car was swept almost everything there is to win (except for the Mille Miglia in 1952, won by a Ferrari 250S).

The most visible feature of this vehicle was in the frame trellis, a mild solution and equipped with a considerable rigidity, unknown at the time. This structure, along the sides very cumbersome, especially at the door, he forced the designers to design for doors hinged on the roof instead of on the wing. This solution had a dramatic effect exceptional, highly spectacular even today.