Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, 1955 REMAKE

$663.00

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1:18 scale.

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Who doesn’t know about the famous Uhlenhaut coupé with its landmark gullwing doors? Only two prototypes of this model were built, and it was and still is a formidable street car. The irony is that most people only had the chance to see it from behind. Back then, while the fastest BMW was capable of reaching 170 km/h, and the fastest Porsche, even up to 200 km/h, the Uhlenhaut coupé could speed at nearly 300 km/h. It surely caused a lot of amazement as well as jealousy.

The explanation, however, is simple. Underneath the bodywork is an enhanced 3-litre Formula 1 engine. Actually the two coupés were built for racing. Their intended mission was to participate in endurance races, such as the Mille Miglia or the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But Daimler surprisingly decided to retire from professional racing at the end of 1955, and the situation changed drastically.

Rudolf Uhlenhaut, an ingenious engineer in charge of the Mercedes racing department, rightly decided that it would be a shame to let the two cars sit idle to gather dust in a garage. As a result, the two 300 SLR coupés became his personal company cars. Today every automobile enthusiast knows what is meant by “the Uhlenhaut coupé,” even though this was never an official designation. When Rudolf went to work in the morning, the whole neighborhood noticed it. Because the 300 hp 8-cylinder would send out a throbbing uproar. And there were limits to what the additional silencer could do to reduce the deafening noise of the side pipes. Rudolf Uhlenhaut really enjoyed driving the coupés, and he also had the skills to handle these beasts of power. Contemporary witnesses confirm that he was able to drive from Stuttgart to Munich in less than an hour. Given the increasing traffic congestion, this is something we can only dream about today.

If you want to see the original Uhlenhaut coupé, you have to visit the Daimler museum in Stuttgart, Germany. If you want to see it every day, however, just put our incomparably beautiful model on display in your cabinet.

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Technical data of the original vehicle: • 8-cylinder in-line-engine (installed in a 33° inclination to the right side) • Direct fuel injection • Desmodromic valve control (positively controlled valves) • Chassis: wishbone in the front, one joint single hinged swing axle in the rear • Displacement: 2,982 ccm • Output: approx. 300 hp at 7,600 rpm • Top speed: approx. 300 km/h • Wheel base: 2,370 mm • Total length: 4,315 mm

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Der heißeste Dienstwagen aller Zeiten
Item number M-076 – Precision model, hand-assembled and composed of 1,817 single parts
The “greenhouse” of this coupé resembles the cockpit of a plane. The seats are covered with checked cloth fabric.
True to the original, the interior is covered with red leather.
The cockpit is complete with all instruments, control elements, switches and levers.
Everything is replicated faithfully to the real car.
Inside the trunk are two removable spare wheels, which are of different diameters, corresponding to those of the front and rear wheels respectively.

The shiny side pipes, coming out of the air opening, are made of stainless steel. The cover of the maintenance opening can be removed. It is held in place by a simple but elegant magnetic mechanism.

 

The Uhlenhaut coupès are not for sale. Daimler holds onto them as if they were their crown jewels. But now, this virtually unattainable model has become available to you! Don’t you think it’s time to get one for yourself or for a good friend?
Rotary flipper window, which is integrated inside the side window
Highly-detailed and angular-installed 8-cylinder in-line-engine. All aggregates, pipes and cabling included
Support rod for the engine hood
Hand-wired spokes, stainless-steel nipples, and aluminium rim
A fine wire mesh protects the air inlet duct of the engine
Removable three-wing central locking nuts and detachable wheels. The central locking nuts are so designed that they are side-specific.
Detail-exact rear bodywork showing the Mercedes star, the 300 SLR type designation and the D-Logo

 

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Enjoy the video review of the Uhlenhaut Coupe by Joe Kelly Jr., of Heavy MeTal Models at www.heavymetalmodels.com

 

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