1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe Diecast Model

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CMC 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe diecast car
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  • Year: 1955
  • Brand: CMC
  • Make: Mercedes-Benz
  • Code: CMC076
  • Model: 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Silver - red interior

“There’s an old saying in racing; the best street cars make the best race cars.”

If you watch auto racing on TV, you’ve heard that Mazda commercial narrated by Patrick Dempsey: Well, at Mercedes way back in the 50’s, they stood that equation on its head, taking their best street car, transforming it into a legendary race car, and returning it to being street car.

Mercedes originally developed the 300SL racer in 1952 from the running gear and suspension components of the 300 street car with a special tubular spaceframe. From this beginning developed the legendary 196R Streamliner, followed in 1955 by the 300 SLR.

That summer the 300 SLR went from pinnacle to infamous in two short months. The 300 SLR in the hands of it’s most famous pilot, Sir Stirling Moss, won the Mille Miglia in May in the famed number 722. Those warm feelings of celebration were iced at LeMans, where a 300 SLR piloted by Pierre Levegh launched off the rear of an Austin Healy and into the crowd, killing 82 spectators and the driver. The body shell, formed from a magnesium-based compound burned for hours. Mercedes withdrew from the event (with Moss having already having lapped the field) and then from racing altogether at the end of 1955. It did not return for thirty years.

After the 1955 season, two of the remaining eight 300 SLR cars were modified Karl Wilfert at the direction of chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The resulting car was dubbed the Uhlenhaut Coupé and regarded as the world's fastest car in the 1950s. It is rumoured that, running late for a meeting, Uhlenhaut exploited the unlimited autobahns to make today's two-and-a-half-hour journey from Munich to Stuttgart in just over an hour (Motor Trend).

It is interesting that CMC has followed the same development arc with their related 1/18 Mercedes models, first with the racing 300SL, the 196R, 300 SLR (Mille Miglia) and now the Uhlenhaut Coupe. With the models positioned together, you realize that in a period of three short years Mercedes revolutionized the original idea so completely that by the time you get to the 300 Uhlenhaut, all that is left of the 300SL are styling echoes.

All the CMC models of this era of Mercedes Benz are beautifully crafted to the point where esteemed DZ reviewer Bill Bennett called the 300 SLR #722 “easily the best model in any scale I’ve ever seen.”

There were several changes incorporated in the 300 SLR to make it a coupe. Of course the obvious addition is the roof with gullwing doors required by the high sill beams of the spaceframe. CMC has take great care to modify the geometry of driving compartment and not just slapped a roof housing on the open cockpit. To operate the doors and assist in posing them, CMC has engineered robust locking struts. Similar struts assist in viewing the trunk and it’s front and rear spare tires and hood (which also has a movable prop).

In our diecast collector world where tires are frequently anonymous these days, CMC has branded the tires with extruded markings and changed the Continental racing tires of the 300 SLR with less chunky period correct Dunlops. CMC’s composite aluminum rim and hand threaded steel spoke wheels featuring removable center-locks will enhance its reputation for museum level craftsmanship.

The massive fuel injected straight eight engine is mounted longitidunally, giving the car a svelte aerodynamic profile and hood bulge fairing. CMC’s engineering of the engine is a monumental achievement in terms of materials, fit, finish, piping and cabling. Simply put, the engine is a masterpiece that deserves to be a model just by itself.

The original 300 SLR exhaust system was modified in the Uhlenhaut with a suitcase size muffler to make it less thunderous in normal motorway driving. This seems to have gone missing on the model. It’s an odd exemption given lengths to which CMC has gone to differentiate the Uhlenhaut and the magnetic removable panel crafted for the purposes of viewing the exhaust.

The model is a star – and not just the oversize Mercedes Tri-Star on the grill. The shimmering silver paint and spot-on stance and shape give it a shelf presence of 11 on a scale of 1-10. The list of details is miles long as befits a car with 1,817 parts and significant heft; red and black plaid seating with leather trim, glass-faced instrument cluster, stainless steel sidepipes, flip open vents on the cockpit windows, multi-part windshield wipers and the sturdy yet delicate badges…and on. CMC knows what discriminating collectors expect, and it does not disappoint.

-Rusty Hurley

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