Benz Hauler as Penance

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Af­ter read­ing his own “Back­stage Past” ar­ti­cle in the May 2018 is­sue, Dave Wal­lace re­al­ized he had made a “mis-steak,” as he calls them: “The Mercedes fac­tory race car that de­cap­i­tated all of those poor souls at Le Mans was part of 1955’s world-cham­pi­onship team for Sports cars, not a Grand Prix car, as mis­stated by this dummy.”

As penance, and to show that he knows the difference be­tween a Mercedes GP car and a 300SLR like those rac­ing at Le Mans, Dave sent us this photo from the April 1956 is­sue of Mo­tor Life of one of the race cars atop its “trick hauler,” as Dave called it.

The story was about a spe­cial dis­play of sports cars at the Henry Ford Mu­seum. Said the mag­a­zine: “Al­most as in­ter­est­ing as the SLR is the spe­cially made trans­porter which car­ries it. Ca­pa­ble of over 100 mph, the truck is made of Mercedes com­po­nents. The truck car­ry­ing the SLR was driven to Dear­born by Paul O’shea, well known for his U.S. com­pe­ti­tion suc­cesses in a 300SL. O’shea re­ported he had the low, stream­lined trans­porter up to 95 mph on the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike! The ve­hi­cle has a mod­i­fied 300S chas­sis stretched to the nec­es­sary length. It is pow­ered by a Mercedes fuel in­jec­tion en­gine.”

Note that the SLR on the trans­porter is posed with the panel be­hind the cock­pit open. That’s an air brake the driver can de­ploy.

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