1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Fitch Mille Miglia 417

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Fitch Mille Miglia '417'

The legendary 'Gullwing' coupe was the first true sports car to be developed by Daimler-Benz after World War II. The development of the car was initiated by Max Hoffman, a US citizen of Austrian descent, who had been the official importer of Mercedes-Benz cars since September 1952. For the board of directors of Daimler-Benz, Hoffman's plan to sell sports cars with the Mercedes star on the hood, was a welcome opportunity to open the US market for Daimler-Benz. In September 1953 the development of the 300 SL was launched. The series production version of the 300 SL, which was presented in February 1954 at the 'International Motor Sports Show' in New York, was based on a race car from the 1952 season. Production started late in 1954 and over the course of three years only 1401 cars were produced. Sought after by collectors, this car continues to be an icon of timeless design. The car presented here is a recreation of the 300 SL Gullwing driven by John Fitch to victory in the production GT Sports Car category in the 1955 Mille Miglia (5th overall in race).

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Fitch Mille Miglia '417'

With a top speed of 130-155 mph, depending on the axle ratio, the 300SL was one of the fastest vehicles of the 1950s. Its performance, design, reputation, and futuristic Gullwing doors were all responsible for the success of the vehicle. The SL represented Sport Leicht or Sport Light. An American Max Hoffman is partly responsible for the mass-production of the 300SL. He had urged Mercedes-Benz....
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Fitch Mille Miglia '417'

The Mercedes-Benz 300 was produced from 1951 through 1958 and is one of the most graceful and classic creations of the post-World War II era. The style was both classic and modern and built to high standards. They were constructed from fine materials using the latest in technology and achieving minimal weight with a high degree of strength. The 300 was built on a traditional body-on-frame....
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Related Reading : Mercedes-Benz 300 History

Eternal youth is a miracle bestowed on only a small number of cars, and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupe is one of this elite group. The Stuttgart-based brand unveiled its new sports car in February 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York, and in so doing lit the fuse for an icon of the automotive world. With its flat, graceful body, the 300 SL had lost nothing of its freshness even....
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Fitch Mille Miglia '417'

Large and luxurious, the Mercedes 300 series was built from 1951 until 1957 in its original form. The companys largest and most-prestigious models, the Mercedes-Benz Type 300 is considered a trademark of the era throughout the 1950s. With a 3 liter engine capacity, the name 300 said it all. Exclusive, expensive, elegant and full of power, the Type 300 vehicles were in an elite status all of its own.....
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