The next exhibits can be found in Legend Room 2.
This Mercedes-Simplex 40 PS is the oldest Mercedes still in existence. It was the direct successor to the Mercedes 35 PS designed by Wilhelm Maybach, which was the world’s first automobile of the modern age. The addition of the word “Simplex” related to the relative ease with which it handled for the period.
Magic moments in the racing history of the brand are, for example, the successes at the world’s first car racing competitions in 1894 and 1895 and especially the victory of the first Mercedes at the Nice Race Week in 1901.
The next exhibits can be found in Legend Room 4.
The 300 SL production sports car presented in 1954 was based on the successful competition version of 1952. Its space frame weighed only 110 lbs. and was particularly sturdy, but did not permit the fitting of normal doors because of the high frame side members. With its characteristic upward-opening doors, the dream car of the 1950s popularly became known as the Gullwing.
Daimler-Benz developed this hardtop version of the 300 SLR racing car for the 1956 season. It was never used in racing, however, because the company ceased its motorsport activities at the end of the 1955 season. Instead, the 300 SLR Coupé served the head of the test department, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, as a company car. The nickname “Uhlenhaut coupé” is a reminder of this.