CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupé, 1955, blue interior
When Rudolf Uhlenhaut, the architect of the 300 SLR racer, was at the 1955 Mille Miglia to watch Mercedes’ success, he was also mulling over the idea of fitting the 300 SLR racer with a closed top for endurance events in the future. His musings came to fruition in the shape of a competition coupé with the performance that no other road-going sports car could match. The two-seater recorded a speed of 290 km/h during a test on a closed section of motorway outside Munich.
TECHNICAL DATA (ORIGINAL VEHICLE)
- 8-cylinder in-line engine (installed in a 33° inclination to the right side)
- Direct injection
- Desmodromic valve control (force-controlled valves)
- Chassis: wishbones at the front, single-joint swing axle at the rear
|Maximum output:||310 hp at 7,500 rpm|
|Top speed:||approx. 300 km/h|
|Wheel base:||2,370 mm|
|Total length:||4,315 mm|
HISTORY (ORIGINAL VEHICLE)
On May 5, 2022, the world was amazed to learn that Mercedes-Benz Group AG had auctioned off one of their two Uhlenhaut coupés for the incredible sum of 135 million Euros to set up and fund a scholarship program for young people.
Since no other automobile has ever come close to achieving such an astronomical price, this vehicle is by far the most valuable automobile in the world today.
The second Uhlenhaut coupe remains in the Mercedes Museum collection, but due to special agreements with the new owner, the auctioned vehicle is also exhibited at events from time to time.
The closed version of the 300 SLR racing sports car was originally developed for the 1956 racing season, which was primarily intended for long-distance races such as the Mille Miglia or the Carrera Panamericana.
However, this never happened because Daimler-Benz withdrew from motorsport after the 1955 racing season due to a tragic accident at Le Mans.
From then on, one of the 300 SLR coupés was used by the head of the testing department, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, as a company car, hence the nickname Uhlenhaut coupé.
We now present chassis 00007/55 with a blue interior. This model has a fuel filler neck located in the rear window and the typical racing exhaust system (on the right-hand side). The coupe is recreated as a high quality hand assembled CMC model using the latest knowledge and production techniques. Some details have been specially reworked to ensure even more precision.
- Hand-assembled precision model from 1,817 parts
- Authentic and true-to-scale-scale body with functional gullwing doors and pivoted window panes
- Precisely-replicated metal tubular spaceframe
- Lift-to-open bonnet with a support rod
- Highly detailed eight-cylinder in-line engine in an inclined position, complete with ancillary units, line routing, and wiring
- Hand-assembled spoked wheels with aluminum rims and stainless-steel spokes, each mounted on a nipple base
- Removable wheels with central locking nuts, each with a side-dependent thread (now manufactured entirely of stainless steel)
- Two spare wheels in the luggage compartment
- Fuel filler neck in the rear window
- Finely-crafted cockpit with fabric upholstery on the seats and leather interior trim
- Original-looking dashboard with all gauges and controls
- Stainless steel exhaust side-pipes
- Realistic-looking design of the front and rear suspension with springs
- Detachable engine maintenance flap on the right side of the vehicle (supplied unassembled)
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