As the 1955 season had finished so very successfully for Mercedes-Benz, everyone expected to see the brand back at the start the next year. However, then came the announcement that Mercedes-Benz was pulling out of motorsport. It is often incorrectly rumoured that the tragedy at Le Mans was the reason behind the decision. But the truth was that the company's engineers and technicians needed to devote their full attention to developing production vehicles.
From early on in 1955, i.e. months before the Le Mans race, there had been an internal background debate at Mercedes-Benz over whether to carry on with the brand's racing involvement. As reported in the motoring press at the time, Mercedes-Benz had given consideration in April 1955 to taking part once again in the World Sports Car Championship in the 1956 season, but to pulling out of Formula One. That would have seen the racetrack appearance of the coupé version of the 300 SLR, known as the 'Uhlenhaut Coupé', which did not contest a single race in 1955.