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One of two 300 SL prototypes built by Rudolph Uhlenhaut, chassis 000 02 is the oldest example in existence today. During its day, it was mainly used for testing purposes and as a result retains the original door-less configuration. Retained by Mercedes-Benz, it was recently subjected to a complete restoration. A complicating factor was that it differed in many details from the subsequent eight 'production' cars built.


Chassis 000 05 was one of the eight 300 SLs used by the factory Mercedes-Benz team during the 1952 season. It was raced to fourth by veteran racer Rudolf Caracciola in the Mille Miglia and to a second in the Carrera Panamericana by Hermann Lang. Retained by Mercedes-Benz, the rare racer has been meticulously restored to its spectacular Carrera Panamericana livery.


This W194 300 SL was extensively used by the factory throughout the 1952 season. Perhaps its most memorable appearance came at the official test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it was fitted with a roof-mounted air-brake. The results of the test were quite disastrous as the pressure created by the wing in upright position caused the support-structure to buckle. Mercedes-Benz later used a more effective application of the air-brake on the 300 SLR.


Chassis 07 was built for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A very consistent drive brought Hermann Lang and Fritz Riess a victory in the race after all the competition had failed and it was subsequently driven to victory at a race on the Nürburgring by Lang. Its final appearance came at the Carrera Panamericana where a sister car won. Fully restored, it is today owned by a prominent American collector.

Ref: Frank Mallory's database and https://mercedes-benz-publicarchive.com