Mercedes-Benz 300SL Race Cars


Alfred Neubauer Karl Ludvigsen


Mercedes-Benz 300SL Racing Cars 1952-1953 (Ludvigsen Library Series)
Introduction by Karl Ludvigsen. In 1952 Mercedes-Benz astonished the world with its 300SL sports-racing cars; sleek coupes with their startling gullwing doors. Based on the 300S production model installed in a radical tubular space frame, the 300SL was a tour de force of light-weight aerodynamic design. While the later production 300SL has been well chronicled, the 1952 racing model is less well appreciated.

Based on extensive unpublished photography at the Mille Miglia, Berne, Nurburgring and Le Mans, superbly and intimately captured by Rodolfo Mailander, this book will portray the amazing achievements of these tough cars and their epic victories at Le Mans and in the Carrera Panamericana. Rare Daimler-Benz archive photos also show the prototype, never raced, designed and built for the 1953 season. Every fan of racing and Mercedes-Benz will relish the pictorial revelations of this book.