The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing car produced by Mercedes-Benz in 1955 to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the World Championship sportprototipi 1955.
Despite the similarity of acronyms, was not derived from the Mercedes 300 SL presented in 1952, while maintaining the aesthetic similarities such as opening gullwing doors for the coupe version, but it was designed on the basis of the Mercedes Formula 1 car (project code W196). The racing version was discovered in the roof.
The 300 SLR was equipped with an eight-cylinder engine of 2,982cc, which were downloaded from 310 hp for a top speed of over 300km/h
Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Karl Kling, arguably three icons of motoring, this model led to victory and glory in all the major road races of the 1955 Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Tourist Trophy Race Eifel (Tenuta at the Nurburgring Nordschleife) and the Swedish Grand Prix. In addition to these successes, the vehicle also experienced a negative reputation to the fact that it was the car driven by Pierre Levegh edition of that year the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is involved in a serious car accident that killed 82 spectators.