In 1971, the 300SEL 6.8 AMG competed in the 24 hours of Spa race and put AMG on the map
Imagine a race track filled with small nimble sport cars, feverishly running around on the course, engines buzzing. Lightweight with a small footprint, they ran around the track with aplomb and established the racing scene for 1950s and 1960s. Now, amid these small racers, insert a red 4dr sedan with a 6.8L engine that’s been massaged by AMG into the mix. It would be a recipe for disaster, right? Guess what, the 300SEL 6.8 won first in its class and second overall at the 24 Hours of Spa. The large sedan had a displacement that more than doubled the displacement of any other engine on the track. It also had 428 horsepower and 448 lb-fts of torque, which was unheard of in 1971. It was the heaviest car on the track, but it had the rear bench seats, air suspension, panel doors and wood trim. Yes, you were racing in the lap of luxury. Unfortunately, the original “Red Pig” was destroyed in a race.
Take a look at the pictures and let us know what you think of this iconic racer!