A Hot Heeled Touring Car

What do you do when there is an extra state of the art automobile lying around? You claim it as your company commuter car, obviously. That’s what Mercedes-Benz head of development, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, did with his eponymous 300 SLR. The Uhlenhaut Coupé was built in 1955 and based on the open top SLR racers celebrated for the Mille Miglia victory of Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkins. The vehicle was developed for the 1956 racing season, but Mercedes-Benz temporarily ceased their motorsport activities, and the project was serendipitously tabled. Resourceful as always, Uhlenhaut famously used this 300 SLR Coupé as his everyday car, commuting to and from Stuttgart.

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The Ultimate Company Car

Just two Coupés were built using the same 3.0 liter, straight eight-cylinder engine with 310 horsepower. The 300 SLR Coupé was the fastest closed roof vehicle of its time, achieving a maximum speed of around 178 mph on its Autobahn runs. Not only was it powerful, it was elegantly beautiful. The spirited lines of the body, with its elongated bonnet, were complemented by the striking proportions of the side-mounted exhaust pipes, the air vents, and the wire-spoke wheels. Rudolf Uhlenhaut referred to his latest automotive masterpieces as a “hot-heeled touring car” and the 300 SLR Coupé live up to its epithet.

CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé
– A Masterpiece of Power & Elegance.

Your chance of getting an original is slim to none. Fortunately, you can pick up one of these models and swoon over the sculpted bodywork, brazen styling, and unmatched craftsmanship of this scaled-down machine. No longer produced, this 1:18 model by CMC Models is rare and limited and the perfect union of pieces that come hand assembled into a single, highly accurate model car.

No longer produced, this 1:18 model is rare and limited and the perfect union of pieces that come hand assembled into a single, highly accurate model car. Get it here.

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