The 1952 'Carrera Panamericana' marked the biggest adventure of the year for the Mercedes-Benz racing department, whose performance in this race brought its long, successful history to a new height. Consisting of four cars and a huge crew led by 'Alfred Neubauer', the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL had not only set a new track record, but also won a double victory.
For the leader of the racing department of Mercedes-Benz – Alfred Neubauer – only one victory was missing to win the CARRERA PANAMERICANA, a long distance race in Latin America. With four competition cars and a team of 35 service people the crew flew to Mexico in November 1952.
The 300 SL was powered by a newly developed 3.1 liter engine with a maximum output of 177 hp. The race which lasted fine days and covered over 3.000 Kms, was highy dramatic. When it finally came to an end, Mercedes Benz 300 Sl had not only set a new track record, but also won a double victory. Thi smodel is an exact replica of Karl Kling’s championship car that bore the starting number 4. Additional characteristics inlcude the green painted fenders and eight pieces of metal bar in front of the windshield. Earlier on the trials runs, a collision with a vulture had smasched its windscreen. The windshield was reinstalled with a reinforcement of metal bars, in case there was a second accident, and Kling with car No. 4 won the first place, Hermann Lang with car No. 3, a Mercedes 300 SL as well, got the second place.
- Six-cylinder in-line-engine, overhead camshaft
- Displacement: 3,100 ccm
- Engine fuel supply: fuel injection pump
- Gearbox: four-speed, completely synchronized
- Wheel base: 2,400 mm
- Top speed: 257 km/h