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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