Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

Up until a disastrous high impact crash and fire at Le Mans, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W196S) had been all-conquering in the FIA World Sportscar Championship.

SLR stood for “Sport Leicht-Rennen”, or “Sport Light-Racing”. Its 3 litre engine was inspired by the Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula One race car, while its drivetrain and chassis were coupled with the 196's fuel-injected 2,496.87 cc straight 8 -- bored and stroked to 2,981.70 cc and boosted to 310 bhp.

In other words, it had serious horsepower.

Photographer: James Lipman’s Automotive Photography

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