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Jochen Mass Will Drive 300 SLR Uhlenhaut for Mercedes at Goodwood

Prince Heinrich Tour car will also hit the track

Only two Uhlenhaut Coupes were built

MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
9896 photos
33 videos
has a very fun lineup of incredibly rare cars ready to bring to the Goodwood Festival of Speed from July 11 to 14. First, former F1 driver Jochen Mass will drive a 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe300 SLR Uhlenhaut CoupéMercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhl...Germany, 1955 > 19565 photos
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, and it will also have two racecars built for the 1910 Prince Heinrich Tour on display.

The 1955 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is one of two 300 SLR300 SLR RoadsterMercedes-Benz 300 SLR Roa...Germany, 1955 > present6 photos
1 video
coupes originally built. Mercedes Motorsport boss Rudolf Uhlenhaut commissioned two 300SLR coupes to be built from the nine existing 300 SLR chassis. The cars were just being built during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans when one of the SLRs was destroyed in a fatal accident that killed 83 spectators, one driver and injured 120 other people.

Uhlenhaut had the coupes' production continue after the race, but Mercedes eventually decided to withdraw from factory racing in 1956. By this time, the gullwing coupe was complete but had nowhere to race. Uhlenhaut bought one of the two cars and used it has is personal car for the next several years with the only change being an extra silencer for the exhaust. 

Mercedes' other star of the show will be a racecar built the 1910 Prince Heinrich Tour. It will be on display with another of Prince Heinrich's Mercedes that was just restored by Louwman Museum in the Netherlands. It will be the first time that either car has been on public display in decades.

The rest of Mercedes' Goodwood lineup includes classic Silver Arrow grand prix cars like the W154W154Mercedes-Benz W154Germany, 1938 > present3 versions
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and W196W196 Motortyp 196Mercedes-Benz W196 Motort...Germany, 1954 > 195515 photos
. Jackie Stewart will drive the W154.

300 SLR300 SLR
300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé
Straight 8 (53º vee)
182 cu in
Top Speed
169 mph
5, Manual
Maximum power
310 hp @ 7400 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost
$ 1.042




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