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300 SLR Recreation
A stunning, powerful and extremely rare sports car for the connoisseur, the 300 SLR recreates the looks, sounds and sheer presence of one of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world, the Mercedes 300 SLR. This is one of only two painstaking recreations of '722', the car in which Sir Stirling Moss and Denis “Jenks” Jenkinson won the 1955 Mille Miglia in what remains the race record.
The result of a collaboration of two of the most respected specialists in the business, Clive Smart and Jim Marland. Marland the duo were granted unprecedented access to the original car, now in the Mercedes Museum, and the result is a very accurate lightweight double skinned aluminium body, finished to an exacting level of detail, which clothes an intricate space frame chassis.
The engine bay has also been carefully designed to recreate the appearance of the original, with inlet and exhaust manifolds almost indistinguishable from the original, but it also cleverly conceals a classic 2.8 Mercedes engine, with mechanical fuel injection, which is both efficient and practical for modern driving conditions and maintenance.
Just two cars have been built. The first is a recreation of ‘722’, the Mille Miglia car, and comes complete with integral head fairings and upright Mille Miglia Perspex screen. The sister car, seen here, is a paired-down GT version, with detachable head-fairings and a full wrap-round screen.
With the original cars thought to be worth in excess of £25m and with none in private hands this is a unique opportunity to own and drive one of the most exclusive bespoke-built recreations worldwide.
300 SLR Specification
Body: Fully hand formed aluminium construction accurately replicating the shape and construction of the original. Single door, concealed flush fitting door and bonnet release, and opening boot for spare wheel storage. Chrome plated brass mouldings. Gas strut support for open bonnet.
Chassis: Tubular steel multi tube space frame closely following the design of the original, with gloss black epoxy finish for durability.
Engine: Single overhead cam 2.8 litre Mercedes unit with mechanical fuel injection, giving 180bhp (approx) at 5750rpm. Fabricated aluminium inlet manifold similar to original. Fabricated dual exhaust exiting through opening in right hand wing. Teardrop shaped dummy oil tank mounted inside left hand wing.
Gearbox: Standard four speed Mercedes manual gearbox.
Differential: Salisbury differential with 3.54 ratio as standard.
Steering: Rack and pinion steering with detachable wood rim steering wheel as featured on the original car.
Front Suspension: Independent double wishbone suspension based on Mercedes components, but with newly fabricated top and bottom wishbones. Coil springs over fully adjustable telescopic dampers. Anti-roll bar.
Rear suspension: Double link fully independent
Fuel System: 40 gallon fabricated aluminium fuel tank mounted over rear axle with large diameter screw-on filler. High pressure delivery/injection pump, original type fuel filter.
Brakes: Servo assisted disc brakes all round.
Wheels and Tyres: Wire wheels, triple laced to original pattern, and secured with specially made three eared spinners copied from the original. Michelin Englebert radial tyres.
Interior: Seats upholstered in Mercedes pattern tartan cloth and leather trim. Sculptured instrument panel featuring large diameter Jaeger, rev. counter, oil pressure, water temperature, and fuel gauge as original with supplementary speedo. Dash also features lidded glove box, and adjustable face level vent for driver. Full width wrap-round windscreen in 10mm Perspex.
Electrical: Halogen headlamps behind moulded Perspex fairings incorporating front driving lamps. Separate front flashers, tail lights, stop lights, flashers at rear using original type lenses. Cotton braided wiring loom. Master switch on dash.