The Louwman Museum in the Netherlands is set to host a very special exhibition – Mercedes-Benz: Racing Cars of the 1950s
The Louwman Museum has announced plans to host a new exhibition for 2018, Mercedes-Benz: Racing Cars of the 1950s. After the success of its Silver Arrows exposition in 2012, this new exhibit will showcase seven of the finest Mercedes-Benz racing cars from the 1950s, and has been undertaken with the assistance of Mercedes-Benz Classic in Stuttgart. It is set to run at the Louwman Museum from 7 July to 2 September.
These unique racers represent one of the most heroic periods in the history of motor racing.
Among the cars in the display is the W196 R, in which Formula 1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1955 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort just 0.3 seconds ahead of his teammate Stirling Moss. This was just one month after Moss and Fangio’s one-two victory with the 300 SLR racing sports car in the gruelling Mille Miglia. These races will be illustrated with accompanying film footage.
The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut-Coupé – considered to be one of the most valuable cars in the world – will also be on display. This road-legal coupé was based on the 300 SLR racer, but never actually took part in any official racing. It is regarded as one of the first supercars, with gullwing doors and a top speed of almost 180mph.
One particular highlight, and unsung hero, is the Blue Wonder. This racing car transporter was built in 1955 to transport and service the Mercedes-Benz racing cars during long-distance events. The service vehicle was based on both the 300 S and 300 SL, and had a top speed of over 100mph, making it fastest racing car transporter of its era.