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Rudolf Uhlenhaut:
Engineer and Gentleman
Wolfgang Scheller and Thomas Pollak

Rudolf Uhlenhaut: Engineer and Gentleman The Father of the Mercedes 300 SL by Wolfgang Scheller and Thomas Pollak English Translation by Carmen Pollak
 
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Rudolf Uhlenhaut: Engineer and Gentleman
The Father of the Mercedes 300 SL
by Wolfgang Scheller and Thomas Pollak
English Translation by Carmen Pollak


Born 1906 in London as the son of an English mother and a German father, Rudolf Uhlenhaut was an engineer and designer for Daimler-Benz. He became famous for his achievements regarding the Silver Arrows, the 300 SL with the famous gull wing doors, the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, known as the “Uhlenhaut Coupé” and the various experimental C 111 versions well-known for several speed records.

Uhlenhaut joined Daimler-Benz in 1931 after finishing his studies of mechanical engineering in Munich. In 1936 he took over as head of the racing department and conducted the Silver Arrows and Rudolf Caracciola to their 1937 European championship. Based upon the 300 SL “Gullwing”, initially a thoroughbred racing sports car, he created the road versions W198 and the smaller open-topped W121, both launched at the International Motor Sports Show in New York 1954. Though Uhlenhaut never owned a car of his own, his official company car, a 300 SLR with a top speed of 290 km/h became famous as the Uhlenhaut Coupé – the fastest car of its day authorized for road use!

This first ever comprehensive biography of Rudolf Uhlenhaut, illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, depicts his life and technical achievements, presenting a complete compilation of all the patents he filed and exploring their significance. It also draws a vivid picture of the person behind the technical innovations and tries to explore his character and motivation.


  • Hard cover with dust jacket
  • 208 pages
  • 296 black and white, and color photographs
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Der vater das 300 SL April 22, 2017
Reviewer: MOTOYA YAMAGISHI from Kashihara, Nara Japan  
Exciting !

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Rudolf Uhlenhaut: Engineer and Gentleman April 18, 2017
Reviewer: Kjell Böhl  
Thank's Glyn and Jean for this nice english version of the book about "Rudi" Uhlenhaut..

Well written and translated into english

It's all about one of the most important persons behind Daimler-Benz in history.. his expertise played a huge part in the success of the company.

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Uhlenhaut - a true story April 17, 2017
Reviewer: Dave Norton from Dorrigo, NSW Australia  
Rudolf Uhlenhaut is a name synonymous with the development and re-birth of the Post War Mercedes.   Seemingly a totally private person who was able to split his devotion between Mercedes Benz engineering and his beloved family.   This was a much needed biography that shows the man for who he really was, a brilliant engineer, a remarkable designer and a brilliant driver.  My own favourite motor car has always been the Uhlenhaut 300 SLR Coupe.   I feel that I now know the man behind this unique pair of cars.   Dave Norton

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Uhlenhaut April 15, 2017
Reviewer: Gijsbert Berk from Zwolle, Overijsel Netherlands  
It is a wel presented book. But I regretfully miss what the man did to improve the safety of the erecodes cars.

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Uhlenhaut April 12, 2017
Reviewer: Lee Stohr from Staunton, VA United States  
As an engineer, racer and auto historian myself, I know that Rudolf Uhlenhaut.was one of the great engineers in the auto racing world.  I have been looking forward to the English translation of this book.  It's a nice, but brief, biography leaning more to photographs than text.  The photo's are great, but I would like to know even more about the man and his life.

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