Mercedes 300SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé spews flames.
The Uhlenhaut coupe was just one of only two closed-roof 300SLR gullwing race cars developed by Mercedes motorsport chief, Rudolf Uhlenhaut. He built the prototypes for the 1956 race season, but after the infamous 1955 Le Mans disaster which killed 300SLR driver Pierre Levegh and 82 spectators, it was decided that Mercedes would cease its racing program.
Rather than scrap the cars, Uhlenhaut converted one into his personal company car. Rumor has it that, running late for a meeting, he made the two-and-a-half hour, 137 mile jaunt between Munich and Stuttgart in just over an hour!
It’s no wonder the 300SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé was regarded as the world’s fastest car in the 1950’s.