Mercedes had dominated motor racing pre and after WWII wherever they saw interest in participating. The tragic Le Mans saw factory withdraw from racing totally. In the late 60's something happened and Mercedes returned into the game with a most unusual contender big heavy weight w109 300SEL 6.3.
Very interesting design. You could almost say it makes this unique and rare car even more so. Do you know which company built the body?
The body was made in Finland on a chassis delivered by BMW. 328 chassis used to come with the wings, cowl, bonnet and grill. As "Carrozzeria"s were few and between in Finland those days it is likely the body was by a company specializing commercial vehicl
In 1972 Daimler Benz was contemplating on updating the existing 600 to W100F by adding w116-like elements to the car. 1977 they went on to build a prototype w100FL with an array of elements imported from w116 as well as w123
Mercedes factory with its head of engineering Rudolf Uhlenhaut heads for the mountains of Bavaria to test put their W198 300SL Roadster (prototype at this point) and Gullwing (production) motorcars under most extreme test. They must have used Gullwing as a benchmark for the Roadster.
In 1956, Mercedes about to launch its new 300SL Roadster, wanted David Douglas Duncan to take photos and write a story of the new secret "SLS" for either Collier's or Life Magazine. Duncan agreed, and concequently received a brand new 300SL Gullwing as a
Long way home:
From factory Stuttgart to US. Then back to Germany, Berlin. Then to Frankfurt and finally to Finland.
Ab Werk Stuttgart nach US, dann zurück nach Deutschland, Berlin. Dann nach Frankfurt und schließlich nach Finnland.
Slowly but steadily it comes together. Some progress picturess added.
W108 Project Goes Self-Sufficient o...
During the Covid19 lockdown one might have the time to deal with lingering odd jobs -with no access to resources though. Now, where does one source surface dyed leather when shopping is out of the question? A sofa perhaps?
WoW! that's a genuine unicorn an Alfa Romeo 6C late 1500 or very early 1750. worth 2M these days. Never saw one rodded with a flathead. There must be someone out there who remembers the story!
Today the Speedster would be as much as a studio in Kensington?
Hah! In retrospective, I probably should have bought that jaguar XK120 my Uncle offered me for 350$ in the early 70’s. It was an original runner with the usual battle scratches and proudly wearing its curb-side paint job.
But...I was stupid enough to turn it down due to excessive habit of burning oil and knocking engine…You live you learn they say…
It's a good moment to stop and contemplate what might be similar bargains in 2015! There's a few I can come up with.
The Bob Staples Healey is said to exist today.
W126 Shopping Cart
Running groceries? His weapon of choice is 280S w126.