The driving engineer.
When, in the anniversary year of 2012, a 60 year old 300 SL – the oldest existing SL (Super Light) – was extensively restored, the spirit of Rudolf Uhlenhaut drifted through the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Fellbach. After all, the ingenious engineer was responsible for the development of the legendary Gullwing which initially won numerous races before going on to a rapid success story as a sports car on the road. Uhlenhaut is considered to be not only the father of the SL, but also of the Silver Arrows. The continued success of the Mercedes racing cars in the 1930s and 1950s is bound up with the name of this half-German, half-English man.
His recipe for success: Uhlenhaut did not develop his ideas on the drawing board, but in practice. The passionate driver was at home in anything with wheels. Very quickly he was known as “the driving engineer”.