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Exhibition Mercedes Benz Racing Cars of the 1950s

Exhibition Mercedes Benz Racing Cars of the 1950s

Following the successful ‘Silver Arrows 1934 - 1939’ exhibition held in 2012, the Louwman Museum, in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz Classic in Stuttgart, Germany, is proud to host an exhibition of the legendary Mercedes-Benz racing cars from the 1950s during the summer months (7 July to 2 September). The seven unique cars represent one of the most heroic periods in the history of motor racing.

All the cars have earned their place in the motor racing history books. However for Dutch enthusiasts, the No. 8 W 196 R featured in the key visual of the exhibition is extra special.

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Reigning Formula One World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1955 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort in this car, finishing just 0.3 seconds ahead of his teammate Stirling Moss. This was just one month after Moss’ and Fangio’s legendary one-two victory with the 300 SLR racing sports car in the gruelling Mille Miglia. Film footage will be shown to illustrate these epic races.

Probably the most valuable car in the world, the 300 SLR ‘Uhlenhaut-Coupé’, will be on display in Holland for the first time.

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This coupé version of the 300 SLR (W 196 S) never actually took part in an official race, but it is regarded as the first supercar of the era: a two-seater thoroughbred racing car featuring a roof and gull-wing doors. Based on the extremely successful W 196 R Formula One car, it had a top speed of almost 300 km/h: a sensational speed – not only at that time.

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Just as special is the ‘Blue Wonder’, the racing car transporter, which was built in 1955 to transport and service the Mercedes-Benz racing cars during long-distance races. The ultimate service vehicle was based on both the 300 S and 300 SL and had a top speed of 170 km/h: the fastest racing car transporter ever.

Unique cars

The ‘Silver Arrows, Mercedes-Benz Racing cars of the 50s’ exhibition includes Formula One cars and sports cars that won not only Grand Prix events, but also long-distance races such as the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio within the sports car championship. The link between racing and series production is demonstrated by two 300 SL “Gullwing” exhibits: the W 194 racing car from 1952 and the W 198 production car which was derived from it.  All of the cars have an extensive racing history, involving such famous racing drivers as Juan Manual Fangio, Stirling Moss, Karl Kling and Hans Herrmann.

The cars in this temporary exhibition are without exception first class exhibits from the permanent collection of Mercedes-Benz Classic in Stuttgart, Germany.

The permanent collection of the museum is open to the public during the exhibition. The museum presents every aspect of the history of the automobile and cars from all eras. Over 250 motor cars produced by more than 100 different manufacturers provide an overview of the wide variety of coachwork and numerous technological developments, particularly from the last century. The extensive collection of automotive art, including posters, sculptures, trophies and paintings, puts the automobile into an historical perspective.