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Mercedes Continues to Celebrate SL's 60th Birthday at Nürburgring Classic

The 1952 W194 300SL was the original gullwing car

MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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has been celebrating the 60th anniversary of the SLSL-ClassMercedes-Benz SL-ClassGermany, 1972 > present4 series
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at vintage races all over Europe this summer. For the Nürburgring Classic on August 10-12, Mercedes is bringing the earliest surviving SL among other important SLs. 

Classic Mercedes clubs from around Europe will meet at the track for the event, and Mercedes estimates that they will bring over 100 cars. Mercedes itself will bring the earliest surviving SL. The car was the second SL ever built, and it was completed in 1952. The first car no longer exists. The car was recently restored, as well. 

“The clear remit was to retain both the material substance and aged look of the racing car. The 300 SLW196Mercedes-Benz W196Germany, 0 > present2 versions
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with chassis no. 2 is now restored to its former glory – yet continues to bear with pride the traces of its exhilarating racing past,” said Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic.

Mercedes also posted important Nürburgring wins in 1927 with Rudolf Caracciola and Adolf Rosenberger in a Mercedes-Benz Type SType S 26/120/180 hpMercedes-Benz Type S 26/1...Germany, 1927 > 19281 photo
. The Silver Arrows debuted at the track in 1934 when Mercedes entered the W25W25Mercedes-Benz W25Germany, 1934 > present8 versions
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grand prix car in bare aluminum to lower the car's weight. In 1952, Mercedes brought the new SL and took first through fourth in the Anniversary Grand Prix.

The next big stop for Mercedes Classic will be at the Goodwood Revival where Mercedes will bring classic Silver Arrows grand prix cars and race them against Auto Union and Maserati grand prix cars from the same period. 

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300 SL Competition Coupe300 SL Competition Coupe
Straight 6
183 cu in
Top Speed
162 mph
4, Manual
Maximum power
175 hp @ 5200 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
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