Mercedes Monday: 300 SL on the Renntransporter
The Mercedes Renntransporter was the brainchild of Mercedes racing team manager Alfred Neubauer who had persuaded Mercedes-Benz management to re-enter racing in 1954. Neubauer decided that Mercedes's flashy reentry had to be supported by the use of a "Silver Arrow Rapid Deployment Team" - a fleet of sleek high speed car transporters that would move the Silver Arrows between the factory/HQ at Stuttgart and the race tracks across Europe.
Under the leadership of their famed race car designer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, multiple Mercedes divisions contributed their effort and parts to come up with the "Blue Wonder", a purpose built transporter that was the fastest of its kind. The Renntransporter served the Mercedes-Benz team on its way to 9 Formula One race victory in 12 races between 1954 and '55 and was finally consigned to the mothballs when Mercedes withdrew from racing in all forms after the horrific accident at Le Mans in 1955.
Also pictured here is the 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL race car that finished 5th at the Mille Miglia that year. This pairing is fitting because the 300 SL contributed the engine and the gearbox to the Renntransporter. I will have more about the this 300 SL casting in a later post, but the "Blue Wonder" is a 1/64 model made by Norev. This however came in a Mercedes-Benz branded box, which indicates this was a dealer special.
This post also doubles up as a LaLD appreciation post. The Renntransporter came to me as part of a Secret $uper gift from Tfritch. I have been a part of two LaLD Secret $upers and both years the kindness I've seen around this forum has overwhelmed me. I hope the same scene continues in our new digs at Drivetribe.