We all have dream cars. A car that struck you once as a kid, or maybe just a car that you deeply desire. Some people buy their dream car and some rent it. But some others construct it. This is the story of two passionate Italian brothers who couldn't buy their dream car, so they decided to build it. From scratch. This is the story of the most beautiful Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR replica in the entire world.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is one of the most iconic designs of the automobile industry. With its gullwing doors and racing palmares the SLR earns a special place in any petrolhead's heart. The SLR, which is commonly known as the Uhlenhaut because of Mercedes motorsport chief Rudolf Uhlenhaut, was a race car up until 1955. At this point, the brand from Stuttgart stopped its racing program because of a terrible accident at Le Mans and turned all the chassis into road-going cars. It was the fastest car on the planet and could reach speeds of 290 km/h (180 mph)! It had great handling, was very reliable and had many new innovations such as the lightweight magnesium body and even had an active rear-wing to help under braking. The car won many races like the Mille Miglia or the Targa Florio and was driven by none other than Sir Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio. But with only nine cars ever produced and only two remaining, it surely is one of the rarest cars in the entire world.
Now, you can kind of get why the two brothers got inspired. The 300 SLR is a car full of pedigree and history. It's an icon that only a couple of fortunates managed to put their hands on. So how did this whole project start?
Who doesn't like great stories? We all love true stories. Extraordinary stories. Success stories. This one that I'm about to tell and show you is a mix of everything. I've never been much of a storyteller but this one deserved to be shared. This is the tale of Italian twins from Piedmont. Two craftsmans that can build a car from A to Z. It all started, one day, at the supermarket when one of the brothers collected points and got redeemed with the model of a car. He was fascinated by the lines and beauty of the car. Full of dreams, he couldn't escape the feeling that he wanted one. This is when he decided that if he couldn't afford it, he had to build a full-size car by himself. He pitched the idea to his brother. Highly motivated, his brother accepted the challenge and they got to work. One day, after a long and tiring day, a toy car that belonged to one of the brothers' son caught their attention. It was a Mercedes-Benz SLR. They didn't know the car but all they knew was that they've never seen a car so beautiful. Both brother knew it, they were actually looking at their next project.
It took approximately 7200 hours to build this replica. How did they do it? They took the toy car and simply rescaled everything. They found some plans in books or on internet, but the rest comes from models and toy cars. From the body to the chassis, everything was made by them. Except the engine that is an original Mercedes-Benz engine. But the amount of work and effort that was put into this project isn't what fascinates me the most but the precision and craftsmanship. Everything is handmade and done in a traditional way. How they built the full aluminum body or the interior is truly phenomenal. Just thinking about the fact that there are only two people who have worked on this car seems unrealistic. Usually such quality of work would be constructed by bigger teams that have a couple of designers, engineers and highly sophisticated machines and material.
We decided to do a short movie to let them tell and show their story. A story told in their native language accompanied by images of their art. With this movie we wanted to reflect the amount of energy that was invested in this project and the passion of these two brothers that still makes us believe that the automobile has a future in this world. I shot this movie for Perego Cars and it has no commercial intent.