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1951 Ferrari 340M/C & 1952 Mercedes 300SL/R
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1951 Ferrari 340M/C By Gullwing America
Between 1950 and 1954, the Carrera Panamericana — a border-to-border sports car racing event – dominated the racing scene. Ferrari took home victories in the 1951 and 1954 running and Mercedes chalked up a victory in 1952. Now that 58 years have passed since the final official running – a historical race has been run since 1988 – Gullwing America (GWA) has decided to piece together a pair of tribute cars for Ferrari and Mercedes.
The dedicatory Ferrari is dubbed the Ferrari 340M/C. The 340M/C will feature the F116C-V12, 5.5-liter V-12 engine that Ferrari, with a different fuel-injection system – likely to allow it to run on today’s fuel. Gullwing America strapped a set of headers and racing mufflers to the engine to help free up as many ponies as possible. Mating this classic V-12 to its transmission is an upgraded clutch.
This Ferrari will be carried by a branded Mercedes Benz transporter in a tour around the world. It will make various F1 stops and also be seen at Goodwood and Nürburgring.
1952 Mercedes 300SL/R By Gullwing America
Carrera Panamericana is a border-to-border sports car racing event that run between 1950 and 1954. During the third edition — in 1952 — the Mercedes-Benz 300SL of Kling and Hans Klenk scored an impressive victory, taking first and second place of the podium. Now, 60 years later, Gullwing America (GWA) pays tribute to this legendary win by unveiling of a specially designed 300SL/R.
The standard Mercedes 300SL model was powered by a 3.0 liter straight-six engine with 115 horsepower. In the R version, the engine was fitted only with carburetors and it delivered a total of 175 horsepower. GWA decided to scrap the base engine and and replace it with a 6.3-liter V-8 engine mated to a new transmission. GWA said nothing about the engine’s final output, but in its standard version, this V-8 engine delivers a total of 525 horsepower.
GWA’s 300SL/R also received a modified brake system with bigger calipers, a set of retro-inspired 19-inch Monoblock wheels, racing seats and a roll bar.
The model will be carried by a branded Mercedes-Benz transporter in a tour around the world.