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This first ever comprehensive biography of Rudolf Uhlenhaut, illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, depicts his life and technical achievements, presenting a complete compilation of all the patents he filed and exploring their significance.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.


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  • 208 pages
  • 296 black and white, and color photographs
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5 of 5 April 9, 2024
Reviewer: James Earl from Cavendish,Victoria,  
A very good book BUT I felt the motor and running gear which were used in the racing version warranted a more thorough description than the single page of extracts from a motor magazine of the era it was a tour de force of attention to detail and utterly reliable although quite complex

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5 of 5 Rudolf Uhlenhaut: Engineer and Gentleman July 29, 2020
Reviewer: Harvey Ferris from New Hill, NC United States  
A good story about a fellow engineer. You get some input as to how the engineering mind works. Also interesting from a purely historical setting, especially the parts about his time during the war years.

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5 of 5 Der vater das 300 SL April 22, 2017
Reviewer: MOTOYA YAMAGISHI from Kashihara, Nara Japan  
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4 of 5 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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