MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL n.21
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL n.21 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1952. After the second world war the builder of Stuttgart was conditioned by the decisions of the allies, at the beginning of the fifties was entrusted to Alfred Neubauer the department sport from which the Formula 1 Mercedes W196 was born, which dominated in the two-year period 54 and 55, and the 300 SL coupe with the opening of the gull-wing doors.
Lang and Riess won the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL n.21, for Mercedes it was the first victory, but it was also the first success of a closed cockpit car. The initial withdrawal of the Jaguars and Ferraris, saw the escape of the Talbot-Lago n.8 of Levegh who drove throughout the race and was forced to retire at one hour from the end for the engine break. The German team obtained a double thanks to the second place of the twin car n.20 of Helfrich and Niedermayr with a gap of one lap, while third with fifteen laps of delay Nash Healey n.10 of Johnson and Wisdom.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
aluminium body steel tubular spaceframe
Length: 4220 mm
Width: 1790 mm
Height: 1265 mm
Brakes: Drums, all round
Mercedes-Benz 2996 cc S6
Power: 131 kW
Location: Front, longitudinally mounted
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Transmission: Mercedes four speed manual
Tank Capacity: 190 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol
Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1952 with drivers Hermann Lang, Fritz Riess