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1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Racing

The 300 SL was the first newly constructed Mercedes-Benz racing car of the post-war era. The hallmark gullwing doors were a side-effect of the car’s innovative new space frame. In November 1952 Karl Kling and Hans Klenk drove the 300 SL on display here to their most spectacular victory of all in the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico.

• Cylinders 6
• Displacement 183 cu in
• Output 170 hp (125 kW)
• at engine speed 5200/min
• Top speed 143 mph

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