Friday, August 11, 2017

1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 ('Red Pig')

The Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3 was the world’s fastest four-door in the late-1960s. But it wasn't a sports car, let alone a track machine. Former BMW engineers Melcher and Aufrecht had other ideas. They expanded the V8 to 6.8 litres and tuned it for 428bhp. They took this unlikely warrior to the Spa 24 hour race in 1971. Everyone laughed.

They called it the Red Pig (Rote Sau in German).
They placed second overall in a field of very proper sports cars, and made the German evening news. Word is the Red Pig would have won but for the frequency of its pit stops for fuel and tires. The original was sold off and eventually scrapped. But a few years ago AMG took out the plans and built an exact replica.