[rescue] Anyone know what kind of machines these are?
Sheldon T. Hall
shel at artell.net
Fri May 25 12:19:49 CDT 2012
Michael Parson said ...
> > http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/09/19/1955-mercedes-benz-300-s
> > l-alloy -body-gullwing-the-ultimate-barn-find/
> I'd say it's one of the prettier road-cars ever made. :)
> They've got a sad history though, one was involved in one of
> the worst racing accidents in history.
The SLR racer was different from SL road car in many respects. Firstly, it
was an open car, not a coupe. Secondly, and more relevant to the Le Mans
crash, it had a lot of magnesium-alloy parts. This contributed to both the
car's near-explosive breakup, because it was a bit brittle, and to the
extent and severity of the fires. The non-standard fuel it used added to
Still, the Le Mans crash was a terrible and sad event.
I've driven a "normal" Gullwing, and it's an amazing car. The contemporary
Jaguars and Healeys are definitely "fifties" sports cars, The 300 SL is
like something from another planet. Much more integrated and smooth.
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