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Monday, January 16, 2012

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Turns Six Centuries

At Auto Show in Detroit, along with the new Mercedes-Benz SL model was presented a model ready to celebrate six decades of existence. The car we're talking about is not just a Mercedes-Benz 300SL. It is the second model of competition that was produced in 1952 by Mercedes-Benz. Unfortunately, the first copy was destroyed.
The second copy W194 - the series was first produced by Mercedes-Benz racing cars after the end of World War II - has survived the test of time and was prepared for the anniversary of 60 years. Reconditioning process was conducted by engineers at Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Fellbach, near Stuttgart.

Name of SL (Super Light) is not accidental - the model has a reduced mass of a body part because it was made out of aluminum and magnesium, on the other hand due to the special structure does not exceed 50 pounds. The car's 1069 pounds are triggered by a six-cylinder engine of 3.0 liters, which is able to deliver 170 hp and propel it on the 300SL with a top speed of 230 km / h.

For the 1952 season, Mercedes-Benz 300SL built ten units and a version, codenamed W194/11 supposed to run in 1953. But this has not happened, because Mercedes-Benz decided to participate in other competitions, with other cars, including Formula 1.

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