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.
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.
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
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