With so much happening in the automotive world, it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of everything that’s going on. In 2018, the most expensive car in the world was the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO chassis number #4513. The car was purchased by WeatherTech CEO and founder, David MacNeil, for the price of $70.0 million.
As for the Mercedes 300 SLR, Supercar Blondie tells us it costs over $100.0 million, which makes it the most expensive car in the world at the moment. There were only two of these ever made and the roadster version actually took part in the disastrous 1955 LeMans race, after which Mercedes retired from racing for a long time.
The 3.0-liter fuel-injected straight-eight engine was a bored and stroked version of the 2.5-liter unit used in the 1954 Mercedes W196 Formula One racecar.
However, in the SLR (Sport Light Racer), it develops 310 horsepower, allowing the car to reach speeds of around 180 mph (290 km/h).
|Engine||3.0-liter fuel-injected straight-eight|
|Top Speed||180 mph|
In the video, Supercar Blondie is more focused on the quirks and features (I’m sure some of you already know the 300 SLR’s history). Starting from the back, the SLR Uhlenhaut coupe – named after its designer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut – features a “D” under the Mercedes emblem, which when pulled properly opens the trunk lid, which reveals the fuel tank and space for two spare wheels.
Our favorite Blondie then steps inside the 300 SLR, but not before removing the big wooden steering wheel. As you’ll see, even Supercar Blondie doesn’t quite manage to pull off the graceful getting-in, despite the gullwing doors providing plenty of room.
At 1:07, Blondie points our attention to the car’s floor, which reveals two separate footwells for the driver’s feet. You’ll find the clutch pedal in the left footwell, which is separated from the brake and throttle, located in the right driver footwell. This is due to the driveshaft passing from the left side of the car as opposed to the center.
We then move to the front of the silver “Merc” where Blondie opens the long front hood, only to reveal the 3.0-liter inline-eight engine in all its glory. We also see in-board front brakes – something we don’t see on modern cars. It also reduces unsprung weight, thus improving the handling.
She then heads back inside the beautiful red interior, to walk us through the five-speed gated manual. There is a first-gear lockout, which requires you to push a button on top of the shifter, in order to put it in gear. There’s also a manual reverse lockout, which needs to be pulled up in order to reveal the “gate” for it.
The cherry on top, of course, is when Supercar Blondie fires up the 300 SLR. Since there are only two of these in existence and the Mercedes-Benz Museum was gracious enough to bring out the car, we doubt the drive was very long, but it’s more than what I’ve done. Watch the video below and feast your eyes and ears on this epic piece of automotive history.
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