We recently enjoyed Michael Williams’ dispatch from the wheel of an SLS AMG in Germany.
Today we bring you a look at the supercar’s most attractive ancestor: the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé.
Based on the open-topped 1955 Mille Miglia-winning Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR driven by the great Stirling Moss, only two of the gorgeous gullwing coupes were ever constructed.
Unlike the racers, they were street-legal, though the engines were so loud special mufflers had to be fitted to avoid a breach of the peace.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG’s most attractive ancestor
Regarded as the world’s fastest car in the 1950s, the car “treats the laws of centrifugal force with apparent disdain,” noted a journalist from Automobile Revue at the time.
His only regret was that it was undoubtedly a vehicle “which we will never be able to buy and which the average driver would never buy anyway.”
Not so sure about that last bit….
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- Posted September 13, 2011
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