Change Of Cars For The 2016 Baden Classic Rally

Harald von Langsdorff and myself will be competing once again in this year’s Baden Classic car rally in April in Germany.  Harald had planned on competing in his 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S coupe; however after his initial entry in the car rally was made, he sold this car.  This Mercedes-Benz coupe is shown below.

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1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe

To make up for this loss of a car for the rally Harald has made arrangements for us to compete in this rally in a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300SL.  This is a car that I am not familiar with.  These Mercedes-Benz models were not imported into the USA, although some might be here via the gray market.  I have included a photo of a typical 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, but this is not the particular that we will be competing in.

1985 Mercedes Benz 300SL

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Mercedes-Benz built the modern 300SL cars between 1985 and 1989.  These cars used a 3-litre inline six-cylinder 188 horsepower engine.  This engine was also used in the Mercedes-Benz 300E models.

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In-Line Six-Cylinder Mercedes-Benz Engine

I look forward to competing in the Baden Classic rally with Harald in this car.  The more modern Mercedes-Benz 300SL car will have more horsepower, better brakes, and handling compared to the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S.  This car will bump us up a class in the rally, but that will not be a major factor.

If you have any comments or questions about this post, then either leave a comment below or send me a private email at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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