New member here hoping someone might be able to assist me with a 300SL I spent more than a decade trying to buy. It was purposely built as a race car with many very special features but retained the standard steel body with only the doors, deck lid, bonnet, boot and rockers being finished in aluminum.
The chassis number is 6500028 and full sets of photos, and some notes and documents can be accessed using this private link:
1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL - Symbolic International Photo Gallery
I have not been able to learn what races and drivers the car may have had from 1956 until approximately 1959.
It was assembled in in November of 1955 and tested extensively by the Factory prior to be shipped to Switzerland for either her first race or possibly to practice for her first race on February 13th, 1956. I corresponded with Mercedes Benz but do to German Privacy Laws, they would only release the assembly records and no details about races, drivers or subsequent owners.
The car was last raced in Italy and was stored in the back of a race shop in Rome from 1960 until 1964 or so when an up and coming Italian Actor chanced upon her and purchased her thinking it would help his image and career. His name is Tony Russel and he is still alive and now living in Beverly Hills where he retired. He provided a photo but no registration records. He was aware the car was a race car when he bought her but new nothing of what events or the drivers that may have raced her.
I will attach a publicity photo taken of him in the car from 1964/65 as well as copies of the assembly records. I would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who might be able to assist me in sorting through the ownership prior to Mr. Russel as well as what races and what drivers may have used the car in competition.
Many thanks and warm regards,
Bill Noon firstname.lastname@example.org