Thursday, October 14, 2010
In 1952 Phil Hill entered the Carrera Panamericana, a 1,933-mile Mexican Road race, in a well-worn Ferrari owned by Allan Guiberson. The Ferrari's main rival would be a small fleet of Mercedes 300 SL, a low-slung sports car nicknamed the Gullwing because its doors hinged upward like wings. The Mercedes factories had been severely bombed during the war, but that did not stop German engineers. Using existing parts, they created a car with exceptional acceleration and low aerodynamic drag. It is one of the most iconic sports cars in history. Quiz question: Which movie star drove the Gullwing in "To Catch a Thief"?