1978 AMG race car of Clemes Schikendanz and Jorg Denzel.
The First AMG Mercedes race car since 1971. It was AMG's follow-up to the 300SEL 6.3; that monster saloon and this SLC put AMG on the map.
In contrast to Daimler-Benz AG, which raced the Mercedes-Benz SLC in the World Rally Championship, AMG built a racing coupé for circuit competition. Hans Werner Aufrecht sought to triumph over Jaguar and Alpina-BMW in the European Touring Car Championship with the SLC.
According to the Group 2 regulations, the coupé could slim down to 1225 kg – in its original guise, a standard 450 SLC tipped the scales at around 1690 kg. AMG succeeded in upping the output of the 4520 cc V8 from the previous 217 bhp to 375 bhp, now redlining at 6550 rpm.
|At Le Mans, 1978|