The One That Started It All – This Look And Drive Of The 1971 AMG 300SEL Is A Trip Back Into Racing History


The One That Started It All – This Look And Drive Of The 1971 AMG 300SEL Is A Trip Back Into Racing History

These days we all know that when you see the AMG badge on a Mercedes you are looking at a pretty bad hombre no matter what size the car is. Back in the early 1970s AMG made its name with a behemoth of a car that outperformed the snickers and laughs of other competitors, winning class at the 1971 Spa 24 hours and cementing it’s legacy in racing history. The monster 6.8L AMG 300SEL has been recreated by the company because the original one was wrecked in testing apparently. The “new” version has the 6.3L engine and not the larger 6.8 but outside of that it’s built from the plans and prints of the original massive car.

The history of the car is cool but to see it actually driven with some vigor on the road course is really neat. The interior is hilarious. The wood dash, the classy layout, all with steel roll cage tubing headed all over the place to both stiffen the car and protect the driver.

The legend of the car is so beloved that people actually oversell it a little bit. A Ford Capri actually won the overall of the race. The AMG won its class and came in second overall which was a massive shocker to the fans and the racing press, hell maybe even to the AMG team.

Either way, this is really something and we love the car and the story.

Press play below to see this awesome video about driving the OG AMG –


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