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O'Shea enjoyed a remarkable run of success at the wheel of his SLS, regularly beating Ferraris, Maseratis
and Aston Martins whilst on the track. His motor car became widely-recognised as one of the most reliable
on the track, consistently performing well in even the harshest of driving conditions. Sadly, Mercedes-Benz
faced funding issues and had to withdraw from American racing.
However, almost 30 years later, a determined gentleman named Georg Distler decided that it was high time to
reignite the legend of the SLS, and set about creating his own. A mammoth task in its own right, but even
more so when one takes in to account Distler's end goal: to compete in one of the world's toughest rallies, the
Carrera Panamericana. A 3,500km border-to-border race which is widely considered to be the most
dangerous automobile race in the world.
Building the vehicle was made possible by a stroke of luck – Distler and his friend Albrecht Lorenz (an
engineer for Mercedes-Benz for more than 50 years) discovered O'Shea's original plans in the Mercedes-Benz
archives in Stuttgart and, armed with the meticulously detailed instructions, began turning a dream into
reality. In addition to the aluminum body, the two-year project yielded lightened seat frames, a Getrag
five-speed gearbox and a dual side-exit exhaust system.
Forty years after the original 300 SLS's glorious reign on the racetrack, this unique creation started to make
history all over again. In 1997, Distler commenced the grueling rally in his dream car as a private entrant and
without a support vehicle – brave or mad is yet to be decided! The car was a triumph, and Georg came
home as a class winner and in 11th place overall in the field of 67 finishers and 92 starters. The box of spare
parts remained firmly unopened, such was the reliability of Georg and Albrecht's creation.
The car can still be seen leading the pack at tracks such as Hockenheim, Nurburgring, Salzburgring and
Roßfeld – all it needs now is a new driver willing to keep the legend running.
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