Jump to content

MyCarForum Logo
Search
Magnifying glass

SEARCH

0

Heavy metal Mercedes-Benz art piece

By FaezClutchless on 12 Oct 2011

Attached Image

The splendid work of art you see here is based on a Mercedes Bens 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. Do not confuse it with the 1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gull Wing as both are of different platforms, even though it bears a striking resemblance. It never really went into production, although two examples of it are kept in Mercedes Benz’s museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Mercedes Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé was actually built on the chassis (W196S) of a racing car which Mercedes Benz used in the 1955 World Sportscar Championship. When Mercedes Benz decided to withdraw from the world of motor sport racing at the end of 1955, Mercedes’ motor sport chief, Rudolf Uhlenhaut ordered two of the car to be set aside for modification. He planned to make it into a sort of hybrid of the 300 SLR and the 300 SL Gull Wing. It was the world’s fastest car during the 1950s. Below is an image of the original car.

Attached Image: Mercedes_Benz_300_SLR_Uhlenhaut_Coupe_3.jpg

This fine art piece was built by a trio of German artists. Armin Ciesielski, Peter Brakel and Walter Willer (also known as the Giants of Steel) worked on this project for about seven months and used around ten thousand pieces of scrap metal. Other than cars, they are also known for making art sculptures of film characters such as Alien vs. Predator, Terminator, Star Wars; just to name a few.

Attached Image


Attached Image

Supposedly, this art work is for sale (if anyone is willing to purchase it) for the price of US$95,000 and they are willing to build more copies of it if there are more buyers. Given that some car collectors who buy cars just to stare at them and never even drive them, US$95,000 isn’t a bad price; provided if you have the cash. And if anyone is wondering, the car is a non-runner.

Photos credit : Jalopnik

other news, germany and 8 more...

Viewed: 1,044 times

Related Blog Posts
FaezClutchless
Written by FaezClutchless
Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.



 
Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
Photo
The guide, while not mandatory, comes amid rising car complaints, mainly about defects. It is dev...
POPULAR BLOG POSTS
Photo
The Honda Civic Si was recently unveiled and will go on sale in America next month. It will sit...
Photo
As things get a little heated up between North Korea and the United States, drivers in North Kore...
Photo
The electric car maker has just announced that it has delivered a record number of vehicles in th...
Photo
Insurance should be simple and fair, quick and easy to buy, at a price that’s affordable. And Bud...
Photo
Vice President for Sales and Marketing at BMW M reckons that manual and dual-clutch transmissions...
   Lifestyle Articles