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This book chronicles the development and racing career of a car regarded as the ultimate example of the purebred sports car of the 20th century and the epitome of functional beauty and extraordinary performance: the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.
Robert Ackerson's first encounter with a Mercedes-Benz took place in 1952, with a Mercedes SSK. Leaving a lasting impression upon him and his interest in Mercedes-Benz automobiles, an interest given added depth and intensity when the 300 SL made its sensational debut in sports car competition that same year. Robert's knowledge of that great year's triumphs - a year that included victories for the 300 SL at Le Mans and in the grueling Carrera Panamericana - was accompanied by a deep admiration and respect for the men who drove in those races, including Karl Kling, Hermann Lang, John Fitch and Rudi Caracciola. Robert has written numerous books and articles about many of the world's greatest high performance cars, including the 300 SLR competition cars and the W 196 R Grand Prix racer. He has received recognition for the quality of his writings from the Society of Automotive Historians and the Antique Car Club of America.