Merc S63 AMG meets 300 SEL 6.8 AMG
After you professed your love for the classic 1971 Mercedes, here are some more pics…
Posted: 13 Oct 2011
Additionally, the big lug's endurance capacity was improved by installing another oil cooler and balancing the crankshaft. And as any budding auto enthusiast will attest, a finely honed crank is a fine thing indeed. The result of this tinkering is that tuned long-wheelbase monster on the left, above. Now all the mechanics needed were some pilots. Step forward Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickemtanz.
But because of AMG's relative anonymity and stature at this stage of its life, when they entered the 1971 Spa 24hr endurance race, they weren't expected to get anywhere, facing up to cars such as the Alpina BMW 2800 CS (driven by Niki Lauda), a Chevy Camaro, a works Ford Capri and a Schnitzer BMW 2800 CS. Not that Hans cared. "We knew we could win", he said, "but the others didn't know that.