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When Mercedes-Benz returned to motor racing in the 1950s, it did so with an aggressive attack across the board. The magnificent 300SLR took Stirling Moss to a record-shattering victory in the Mille Miglia and (with Peter Collins) in the grueling Targa Florio. Other track victories took Mercedes-Benz to the World Manufacturers' Championship that year.
Tragedy struck as well: a 300SLR went into the crowd at Le Mans, resulting in 82 deaths and many injuries.
With unique and rarely seen images, Karl Ludvigsen presents the dramatic story of these racers with their tubular space frames, inboard brakes, and fuel-injected desmodromic-valved, eight-cylinder engines. Covers the secret tests at Hockenheim, the never-raced coupe version of the 300SLR, and the model prepared for 1956 - a season that these cars never experienced.
In 1952, Mercedes-Benz astonished the world with its 300SL sports-racing cars, sleek coupes with startling, gull-wing doors. Based on the 300S production model but installed in a radical, tubular space frame, the 300SL was a tour de force of lightweight aerodynamic design.
The later production 300SL has been well chronicled, but the 1952 racing model has not, until now. This book portrays the amazing achievements of these tough cars and their epic victories at Le Mans and in the Carrera Panamericana.
Extensive, unpublished photography superbly and intimately captured by Rodolfo Mailander show the 300SL at the Mille Miglia, Berne, Nürburgring, and Le Mans. Rare Daimler-Benz archive photos also show the prototype, designed and built for the 1953 season and never raced.
Every fan of racing and Mercedes-Benz will relish the pictorial revelations of this book.
Few racing cars have had the sensational impact of the W196 introduced by Mercedes-Benz in the French Grand Prix on July 4, 1954. It was a feast of exotic features from its streamlined bodywork and direct fuel injection to its inboard brakes and valve-spring-free straight-eight engine. The W196 scored a one-two debut triumph 40 years to the day after a one-two-three victory by Mercedes in the same event. Its two seasons, 1954 and 55, took iconic Argentinean driver Juan Manuel Fangio to his second and third world championships against strong competition from Ferrari and Maserati. Stirling Moss, Hermann Lang, Piero Taruffi, and Karl Kling were other drivers of these post-war Silver Arrows in epic contests at Monaco, Monza, Zandvoort, Silverstone, the Nürburgring, and other classic tracks. Rare and dramatic images from the world-famed Ludvigsen Library evoke the drama of the W196's races under the direction of burly team manager Alfred Neubauer, while Karl Ludvigsen's intimate introduction and insightful captions take the reader inside these amazing cars and their creators.
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