Three unique AMG GT3 models to celebrate Mercedes' first win at Spa
In 1971, Mercedes won the 24 Hours of Spa for the first time
At the 1971 24 Hours of Spa, Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz won their class and finished second overall at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, and as a tribute to this important victory and the car, Mercedes-AMG has made three special edition GT3 models dubbed '50 Years Legend of SPA'.
The special edition GT3s - two of which are based on the AMG GT while the other is based on the SLS - are sporting the same iconic red livery and are going to be on public display, along with the original 300 SEL, at this year's 24 Hours. The interior is finished in Graphite Metallic Matt with a carbon fibre instrument panel with an anniversary plaque with the original signature of AMG founder Hans Werner Aufrecht.
Because they don't have to adhere to FIA homologation rules, all three cars are going to be loud, thanks to the all-new performance exhaust system, and powerful, courtesy of a 650-hp 6.3-litre V8.
The SLS AMG GT3 '50 Years Legend of Spa' was built from scratch, using the bodyshell of the 2015 model, the final edition, while the two Mercedes-AMG GT3 are based on the 2016 (chassis number 100) and 2021 model respectively.
Jochen Hermann, Technical Managing Director at Mercedes-AMG is unsurprisingly besotted and proud. "The special editions recall one of the most important milestones in AMG’s history," he said. "This year, I will be on site for the race myself and I am curious what the public response to our special editions will be like."
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