Welcome to the most valuable Mercedes-Benz classic car of all time, one of two 300 SLR Coupés. Supercar Blondie had the unique opportunity to tour and drive the incredibly rare and valuable 300 SLR Coupé that was built for racing.
Unfortunately, the 300 SLR Coupé never made it onto the racetracks of the 1950s, but if it had been, it would have continued the roadster’s unsurpassed winning streak without any problems. Since the 300 SLR Coupé never started, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director Rudolf Uhlenhaut kept one as his personal company car.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is best known as the roofless roadster that dominated road racing in the 1950s. It most famously won the 1955 Mille Miglia with Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel. During this race, Moss and the 300 SLR set a new average speed record for the race averaging 97.96 mph (157.650 km / h) over the 900 mile race on the Italian peninsula.
Unfortunately, all racing successes of the 300 SLR were overshadowed by the tragedy of the Le Mans race in 1955. A 300 SLR driven by a private team was fighting for the lead when it passed an Austin-Healey on the pit lane, which was slowed down by a Jaguar during a pit stop. Debris flew onto the stands, killing 83 spectators and injuring over 180 others. The high magnesium content of the 300 SLR in the body made fires burn out of control and caused the other 300 SLR teams to retire.
The terrible incident coincided with the decision by Mercedes-Benz to withdraw completely from motorsport. This meant the 300 SLR Coupe project was dead and only two test prototypes were built. One was sitting, the other was driven daily by Rudolf Uhlenhaut as a daily commuter. Today Mercedes-Benz keeps these incredible machines in its private collection.