Daimler-Benz developed this hardtop version of the 300 SLR racing car for the 1956 season. It was never used in racing, however, because the company ceased its motorsport activities at the end of the 1955 season. Instead, the 300 SLR coupe served the head of the Test Department, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, as a company car. The nickname "Uhlenhaut coupe" is a reminder of this.
Displacement: 182 cu in
Output: 302 hp (222 kW)
at engine speed: 7500/min
Top speed: 180 mph
Production period: 1955
Units produced: 2
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Mercedes-Benz Owner Stories - 300 SL Gullwing .. Here's someone who spent
30 years trying to get a 300 SL Gullwing; now the he has it, "it's driven
often and it's driven hard," just as it was meant to be.
Mercedes Uhlenhaut 300 SLR coupe - Goodwood Festival of Speed
Looking close to what Sir Stirling Moss was driving when he won 1955
British International Tourist Trophy the Mercedes Uhlenhaut was the fastest
closed roof vehicle of its time.This extremely valuable historic car takes
on the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb.
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Who doesn't know about the famous Uhlenhaut coupé with its landmark
gullwing doors? Only two prototypes of this model were built, and it was
and still is a formidable street car. The irony is that most people only
had the chance to see it from behind. Back then, while the fastest BMW was
capable of reaching 170 km/h, and the fastest Porsche, even up to 200 km/h,
the Uhlenhaut coupé could speed at nearly 300 km/h. It surely caused a lot
of amazement as well as jealousy.
The explanation, however, is simple. Underneath the bodywork is an enhanced
3-litre Formula 1 engine. Actually the two coupés were built for racing.
Their intended mission was to participate in endurance races, such as the
Mille Miglia or the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But Daimler surprisingly decided
to retire from professional racing at the end of 1955, and the situation
Rudolf Uhlenhaut, an ingenious engineer in charge of the Mercedes racing
department, rightly decided that it would be a shame to let the two cars
sit idle to gather dust in a garage. As a result, the two 300 SLR coupés
became his personal company cars. Today every automobile enthusiast knows
what is meant by "the Uhlenhaut coupé," even though this was never an
official designation. When Rudolf went to work in the morning, the whole
neighborhood noticed it. Because the 300 hp 8-cylinder would send out a
throbbing uproar. And there were limits to what the additional silencer
could do to reduce the deafening noise of the side pipes. Rudolf Uhlenhaut
really enjoyed driving the coupés, and he also had the skills to handle
these beasts of power. Contemporary witnesses confirm that he was able to
drive from Stuttgart to Munich in less than an hour. Given the increasing
traffic congestion, this is something we can only dream about today.
If you want to see the original Uhlenhaut coupé, you have to visit the
Daimler museum in Stuttgart, Germany. If you want to see it every day,
however, just put our incomparably beautiful model on display in your
Mercedes W154 Warming up Ennstal Jochen Mass
MERCEDES-BENZ W154: Der Höhenstraßen-Sieger
Dieser W154 mit Chassis-Nummer 11 ist jenes Auto, mit dem Rudolf Caracciola
1939 Rekorde fuhr, Hermann Lang auf der Wiener Höhenstraße siegte, und
Juan Manuel Fangio 1951 in Buenos Aires Dritter wurde.
Der 3-Liter V-12 Zylinder mit vier obenliegenden Nockenwellen besaß zwei
Roots-Gebläse mit Stahlrotoren in einem Magnesium-Gehäuse, sie liefen mit
1,5facher Kurbelwellen-Drehzahl und beanspruchten bei 8000 Touren 160 PS
der Höchstleistung. 1939 wurde der W154 modifiziert. Das Trockengewicht
sank von 975 auf 898 kg, mittels Zweistufen-Gebläse wurde die Leistung auf
480 PS getrieben. Der Spritverbrauch lag im Rennen zwischen 120 bis und 145
Liter pro 100 Kilometer, das benötigte Tankvolumen von 400 Liter wurde in
einem Satteltank vor dem Cockpit und einem Hecktank aufgeteilt. Von 16
Rennen gewann der W154 in den Jahren 1938/39 elf.