Mercedes Benz 300SLR

Photo taken at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Photo taken at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Sir Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio drove their respective 300SLR’s to a one-two victory in the 1955 Mile Miglia with ‘Moss managing an average speed of almost the magical tonne (100 mp/h) over the road course. Looking at these straight through pipes it’s no wonder ‘Moss relies on hearing aids these days.

Sir Stirling Moss’ “722” 300SLR was cited as the most expensive car in the world a few years ago by UK classic car magazine Octane who had it valued at around 30 million pounds. Mercedes built three or four of these race-cars, but it was made most famous infamous for the 1955 Le Mans crash that killed almost 90 people including its driver and ended Mercedes Benz’s racing program for the best part of the next three decades.

Infamy aside it has to be one of the most beautiful cars ever built, with details like those side-exit exhaust pipes and plaid racing seats…those were the days.

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