Mass production of the 300 SL was initially not planned. The idea of a toned-down Grand Prix car tailored to affluent performance enthusiasts in the booming post-war American market was suggested by Max Hoffman at a director’s meeting in Stuttgart, in 1953. Mercedes’ new General Director Fritz Konecke agreed when Hoffman put an order in for 1000 cars and the new 300 SL was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show rather than the Frankfurt or Geneva gatherings where company models made their usual debuts. In addition, the production of a smaller Roadster, the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was announced after Hoffman put another order in for 1000 of the 190SL’s
The two sports cars premiered at the “International Motor Sports Show” in New York, which took place from 6 to 14 February 1954. Mercedes-Benz experienced a very positive visitor response to the 300 SL and the 190 SL at the Motor Show. Serial production began in August 1954 at the Sindelfingen plant. The first W 198 was first sold in Europe in 1954 and in August 1954, the first vehicle was exported to the US and sold to Le Mans competitor and race car constructor Briggs Cunningham, America’s leading sportsman at the time.
Of the 1400 Coupes built in total, the largest part, about 1100, reached the US. More than 80% of the vehicle’s total production of approximately 1400 units were sold in the US, making the Coupe the first Mercedes-Benz widely successful outside its home market and thoroughly validating Hoffman’s prediction. The 300 SL is credited with changing the company’s image in America from a manufacturer of solid but staid luxury automobiles to one capable of rendering high-performance sports cars.
Even though the 300 SL was one of the most expensive vehicles manufactured, it became an overnight sensation among upscale Americans taken with the popular new sport of amateur road racing. Competing in Class D, a 300 SL won the Sports Car Club of America championship three years running from 1955-1957. Over three hundred 300 SLs were counted in the parking lot of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in 1956 ? driven by fans ? with hundreds more 190 SLs. toyota wallpapers, super car, mercedes wallpapers, Mercedes 300SL wallpapers, porsche wallpapers
(Mazda)Mazda’s rotary success continued until the onset of the 1973 oil crisis. As American buyers (as well as those in other nations) quickly turned to vehicles with better fuel efficiency, the relatively thirsty rotary-powered models began to fall out of favor. Combined with being the least-efficient automaker in Japan (in terms of productivity), inability to adjust to excess inventory and over-reliance on the U.S. market, the company suffered a huge loss in 1975. An already heavily indebted Toyo Kogyo was on the verge of bankruptcy and was only saved through the intervention of Sumitomo keiretsu group, namely Sumitomo Bank, and the companies subcontractors and distributors. However, the company had not totally turned its back on piston engines, as it continued to produce a variety of four-cylinder models throughout the 1970s. The smaller Familia line in particular became very important to Mazda’s worldwide sales after 1973, as did the somewhat larger Capella series. Mazda wallpapers#AudiRS4 #Dodge #rollsroyce #Tesla #AudiRS3