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1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 Roadster / 194/06 Vehicle Information

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 photograph

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 photograph

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 photograph

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 photograph

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 photograph

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 photograph

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 photograph

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194 photograph

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W1941952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W1941952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W1941952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W1941952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W1941952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W1941952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W1941952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194
At the beginning of the 50s, Mercedes made its return to racing via the back door. The budget was small, and Formula 1 regulations were in constant flux. Re-entry into the world of sports car racing was the obvious solution. A team under the leadership of Rudolf Uhlenhaut immediately set to work. The six-cylinder engine which powered the type 300 official government cars was transformed into a racing engine with a new cylinder head and triple Solex downdraft carburetors. The engine and transmission were rather heavy, so weight had to be saved on the chassis and body. A tubular frame was designed, clad in aluminum bodywork with upward opening doors necessitated by the wide frame cross-section. The engine was canted at an angle of 50-degrees to the right to lower the hood line. The car was a masterpiece of intelligent design, and provided the driver with more comfort than any of the contemporary designs. Even the luggage compartment was worthy of its name; on the Carrera Panamericana, two spare wheels were carried. This car is a recreation built around an original W194 engine, equipped to the specification of the car John Fitch drove in the 1952 Carrera Panamericana. Two years later, at the urging of American Mercedes importer Max Hoffman, Mercedes produced the legendary 300SL 'gullwing' coupe based on the W194's design.


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Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300
1952 2+2 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 0004452
Engine Num: 020.00063.52

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300
1952 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 186.014.02905/52
Engine Num: 08242/52

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194
1952 Coupe
Chassis Num: 194/07
Engine Num: M 194/21
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194
1952 Coupe
Chassis Num: 2

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 S
1955 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 S
1955 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 188 010 55 00016
Engine Num: 188 920 55 00020
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300 SB
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 188.011.5500041
Engine Num: 188.920.5500040

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 300C Series
1956 Station Wagon
Coachbuilder: Binz & Co
Chassis Num: 186.002.6500263


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