Mercedes-Benz Classic at Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2018
Sportiness is in the DNA of each generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL. This was demonstrated by the vehicles from the outset with their successes in the world of motorsport.
At the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon, Mercedes-Benz Classic will recall this tradition with four very different sports cars: a 300 SL “ Gullwing” (W 198), the racing version of the 190 SL (W 121), a 230 SL (W 113) in the style of the rally vehicle of Eugen Böhringer from the early 1960s and a 500 SLC Coupé (C 107). The Stuttgart brand will line up with a total of eight classic cars from the company’s own collection and from ALL TIME STARS, the vehicle trading platform of Mercedes-Benz Classic.
The birth of the SL tradition from the spirit of racing was marked by the 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198). The coupé with the characteristic doors made its debut in 1954. Based on the 300 SL racing car (W 194) from 1952, the production version ranked at the time as a super sports car. The racing triumphs of the “Gullwing Coupé” include a class victory in the 1955 1000 Miglia. Fashion designer, sports car collector and author Magnus Walker will contest the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2018 in a black 300 SL. This will be a big coup for Mercedes, as “Urban Outlaw” Walker, who now lives in California, is a famous Porsche fan.
Racing driver and Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador Karl Wendlinger will drive a racing version of the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W 121) at the Silvretta Classic. The vehicle is based on the rare racing version of the 190 SL from 1955 with windowless aluminium doors, a smaller windscreen and other modifications.
The 230 SL (W 113) dates from the 1960s. Nicknamed “ Pagoda” by the fans, the sports car recalls the legendary victory of Eugen Böhringer in a vehicle of this model at the Spa–Sofia–L iège long-distance rally of 1963. One year later, Eugen Böhringer finished third.
Christian Boucke, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic, will compete in the rally at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC (C 107). The 500 SLC, which was built only from 1980 until 1981, is the top-of-the-line model of the coupés based on the SL roadsters of the R 107 model series. At the Silvretta Classic, the vehicle will also represent Mercedes-Benz’s rally successes of the late 1970s with various models of the C 107 series.