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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1955
Numbers built:7
Internal name:W196S
Predecessor:Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Competition Coupe
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 24, 2015
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Chassis 00001/55 The very first 300 SLR example built, this car was used for test and development runs only. It was run at Monza, the Nürburgring and also saw action during the first reconnaissance run for the Mille Miglia. Retired from active service, chassis 00001 was loaned to The He>>>

Chassis 00002/55 Originally used as one of the two test and development vehicles, chassis 00002 was brought out for the Tourist Trophy and Targa Florio. On both occasions, the car was not raced but served as the team's spare car and practiced by the likes of Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fan>>>

The third 300 SLR was built for Juan Manuel Fangio and first tested at Hockenheim at the end of April. A few weeks later the Argentinean singlehandedly drove chassis 0003/55 to second in the Mille Miglia behind Moss and Jenkinson. Fangio went on the win a non-championship ra>>>

Chassis 00004/55 Chassis 00004/55 is by far the most successful and famous 300 SLR constructed. It was used by Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson to take the legendary win in the 1955 Mille Miglia. Moss subsequently drove the car to victory in the Tourist Trophy and Targa Florio with John Fit>>>

Chassis 00005/55 The third of four new 300 SLRs built by Mercedes-Benz for the start of the 1955 season, this chassis was first used for testing at Hockenheim before making competition debut at the Mille Miglia. Karl Kling drove the car solo but retired after completing 900 km. Towards the e>>>

The fourth and final new car built for the 1955 Mille Miglia, chassis 6 was allocated to Hans Herrmann, who unfortunately did not make it to the finish due to an accident. Karl Kling later placed the car fourth at the Nürburgring before it was entered at Le Mans for Pie>>>

Chassis 00010/55 This is the ninth (chassis 00009/55 was never completed) and final 300 SLR built in 1955. It was never used in contemporary events and served mainly to test new components for the upcoming season. Following the termination of the Mercedes-Benz competition program, chassis 00>>>

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