Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mercedes-Benz 300SEL "Red Sow"

Engineer Erich Waxenberger started Mercedes ideology of putting big motors into smaller Mercedes when he put a 6.3 litre V8 from the 600 limousine into the light weight W109 S Class sedan.

What was once a mild mannered family sedan turned into a beast that had the potential to kick some supercar butt. Some sources say it could beat a Lamborghini Countach. Cool.

AMG then got their hands on 300SEL's and turned them into racing cars for customers. The V8's were usually bored to 6.8 litres and put out 420hp plus. The one above, nicknamed "Red Sow", was entered by AMG into the 1971 24 Hours of Spa and came 2nd. Amazing due to the fact it required a lot of fuel stops and went through a lot of tires. It was so heavy and fast it was sold to Matra to test jet fighter landing gear.

A beautiful car that started a new era of racing cars.

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