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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Chassis no. 198.043.5500441
Engine no. 198.980.5500368.
Coachbuilder Mercedes-Benz
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1955
Manufacturing
From 1955
to 1959
Owner: René Cotton (FR)
Famous owner: French racing driver
From 1955
to 1959
Plate: GE61326
Country: CH
1955
1st and current body
Coachbuilder: Mercedes-Benz
Type: Fixhead coupe
Colour: Blue
1955
1st and current engine no. 198.980.5500368.
1955
1st and current chassis no. 198.043.5500441
From 17th August 1955
to 21st September 1955
Event: Liege - Rome - Liege
Locality: Liegi (BE)
Race number: #47
Driver: L. Lemerle (FR)
Co-Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: 2nd OA
29th June 1956
Event: Course Internationale de cote du Mont Ventoux
Locality: Brantes (FR)
Category / Group: Voitures de tourisme de serie speciales
Class: plus de 2 litres
Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: 1st CL
Time: 14'1''3/5
Note: New record
From 6th July 1956
to 13th July 1956
Event: Rallye International des Alpes
Locality: Unknown city (AT)
Race number: #610
Class: Plus 2600 cc
Driver: Jacques Leclere (FR)
Co-Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: 1st CL
Note: Fastest lap on the Monza's circuit 2'17'' avg. speed 151 km/h
From 29th August 1956
to 2nd September 1956
Event: Liege - Rome - Liege
Locality: Liegi (BE)
Race number: #16
Driver: Jacques Leclere (FR)
Co-Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: 4th OA
From 17th September 1956
to 23rd September 1956
Event: Tour de France
Locality: Parigi (FR)
Race number: #147
Driver: Jacques Leclere (FR)
Co-Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: 4th OA
From 24th February 1957
to 1st March 1957
Event: Rallye Automobilistico Internazionale del Sestriere
Locality: Sestriere (IT)
Race number: #18
Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Co-Driver: Simone Alain (FR)
Results / Prizes: 34th OA
From 21st March 1957
to 23rd March 1957
Event: X Rallye Lyon - Charbonnieres
Locality: Lione (FR)
Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Co-Driver: Julien Cots (FR)
Results / Prizes: 4th OA
From 24th April 1957
to 28th April 1957
Event: Acropolis Rally
Locality: Atene (GR)
Race number: #6
Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Co-Driver: Marlene Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: DNF
From 11th May 1957
to 12th May 1957
Event: XXIV Mille Miglia - Coppa Franco Mazzotti
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #421
Category / Group: Gran Turismo
Class: Oltre 2.000 cm3
Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Co-Driver: Simone Alain (FR)
Results / Prizes: DNF
Time: Start: 4.02'00"- Brescia-Roma: ritirati
12th May 1957
Event: IV Gran Premio Nuvolari della Mille Miglia
Locality: Cremona-Mantova-Brescia (IT)
Race number: #421
Category / Group: Gran Turismo
Class: Oltre 2000 cm3
Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Co-Driver: Simone Alain (FR)
Results / Prizes: DNF
June 1957
Event: Rallye du Limousin
Locality: Limoges (FR)
Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: 1st OA
16th June 1957
Event: Prix de Paris
Circuit: Circuit de Linas-Montlhéry (FR)
Race number: #121
Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: DNF
May 1958
Event: Rallye International Mont Blanc - Iseran
Locality: Bonneval-sur-Arc (FR)
Race number: #73
Driver: Jacques Leclere (FR)
Co-Driver: René Cotton (FR)
Results / Prizes: 5th OA
From 1959
to 1970
Owner: Ernst Hermann (CH)
From 1970
to 2008
Owner: Jurg Haller (CH)
1982
Restoration: Restauration by Carrosserie W. Konig (Basel, CH)
October 1990
Bibliography: Orsini Luigi, Mille Miglia Una Corsa Italiana , Abiemme, n.p. 1990
2005
Bibliography: Curami Andrea, Mercedes-benz & Mille Miglia , Giorgio Nada Editore S.r.l., n.p. 2005
2007
Bibliography: Ragnotti Jean, La Course De Cote Du Mont Ventoux , Editions Maurice Louche, n.p. 2007
From 2008
to currently
Owner: Private collection
2008
Bibliography: Unknown author, Register Mercedes 300 Sl Coupè\gullwing , Unknown publisher, n.p. 2008
2008
Plate: ZH1875
Country: CH
September 2009
Bibliography: Louche Maurice, 1899-1986 L'epopèe Du Tour De France Automobile , Editions Maurice Louche, n.p. 2009
2013
Restoration: Restauration by MB Classic Center (Fellbach, D)
11th April 2014
Identification document: Classic Data Document
23rd April 2014
Identification document: FIVA Identify Card N.050560 ; -Categorized A3 ; -ASN that issued the Certificate FSVA/CT/FA/S ; -Owner' Country Germany
From 15th May 2014
to 18th May 2014
Event: Mille Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #333
Driver: Adrian Gattiker (CH)
Co-Driver: Oliver Sellnick (CH)
Results / Prizes: 100th OA
From 26th March 2015
to 29th March 2015
Event: Retro Classics
Locality: Stuttgart (DE)
From 18th May 2017
to 21st May 2017
Event: Mille Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #376
Driver: Adrian Gattiker (CH)
Co-Driver: Oliver Sellnick (CH)
Results / Prizes: 81st OA
December 2018
Bibliography: Dolcini Carlo, Orizzonte Perduto Mille Miglia 1947-1956 , Ela, n.p. 2018
5th December 2019
Identification document: Fiche di regolarità Auto Storica N°007077
28th August 2020
Record: Chassis and Engine Numbers
November 2020
Bibliography: Binelli Sandro, Mille Miglia's Chassis - The Ultimate Opus Volume Ii , Automotive Masterpieces Srl, Genova 2020
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1st and current interior