Sauber and other Mercedes delights

Oooohhh Yessss. More please. My son, a Mercedes technician, visited the Mercedes museum recently and brought back over 300 photos. Lots of great machinery, plus social history, that I never tire of.
 
Photos of the Russian Arm camera car (Merc, of course), interior detail of the Le Mans 300 SL showing removable steering wheel and chronometer (this car has an insured value of $15,000,000 btw and was shipped in it's very own transporter from Washington) and a wide shot of the many hours of work done by the grip, electric, and transportation departments.

Why not, I'll add another photo of the Sauber. I cannot find an angle of this car that is not absolutely dead sexy. Amazing something so graceful is so fast; 248 miles an hour on the Mulsanne before they added the chicane.
 

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Thank you for posting the photos of the V12 Mercedes C291! It is my absolute favorite of all the GTP/Group C era cars.

I assume it is a Mercedes commercial you are working on; any idea when we might see it?

Jack
 
Thank you for posting the photos of the V12 Mercedes C291! It is my absolute favorite of all the GTP/Group C era cars.

I assume it is a Mercedes commercial you are working on; any idea when we might see it?

Jack
You're very welcome Jack, thanks for your enthusiasm. All the GTP car photos are a Sauber C9, chassis number 5, powered by a twin turbo 5.0 liter V-8.

It will be a series of commercials featuring the cars depicted in my photos in various states of action and repose. As far as time, it could be as little as 2 weeks and as much as 2 months before you will see it. It will also feature a new model vehicle not released until 2012 that I can not name (sorry, I signed my name to a non-disclosure statement) so these spots may run for quite a while.
 
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That photo is definately the lone C-291 car. One built for 1991 season. Finished 2nd at LeMans that year. Still love it though. The Sauber Mercedes progression was
C-9, C-11, C-291. I don't think it was a rebodied C-11.

Does anyone know the original Mercedes paint color for the C-9?
 

Jim Craik

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I was lucky enough to go to Le Mans in 1991, it was a great year!

The purple Silk-Cut Jags, These Sauber Mercs, the winning green/orange Mazdas and my favorites, those beautiful Peugeots!
 
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Jim Rosenthal

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I've actually got one of the cars which found its way into your photos... a 3.5 cabriolet. Lovely car. I love MB cars, wish I had ten or twenty more of them.
 
wow, this mercedes is awesome...
nice front wich works as a downforse spoiler...
also the doors on the rear wich look like the cabin pressure can escape there.

very nice. this could be "RCR's next care would be :D"



 
Thanks for the correction, pardon the mistake. Never heard that Sauber run unfortunately, they just towed it round behind an ML or it was pushed. The gold 3.5 Cabriolet was one of the classier cars in the bunch, which is saying quite a bit.
 

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Jim Rosenthal

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The last photo looks like it might be one of the 300SLs that ran the Carrera Panamericana before they stopped running that race.

I was told years ago that the last 3.5 cabriolet off the production line was never sold- that DB kept it for their museum. I hope that is true, but more to the point, I am glad they have one in there. They are wonderful cars- excellent road manners, comfortable, reasonably quick for what they are, and beautiful to look at. I am very fortunate to have one- it was a series of lucky accidents. Of all the MB 111 cabriolets, it may be the finest model and I have to confess I love it dearly. Between Ford race cars of the sixties, and quite a few MB models, I still find things to yearn for.
 
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