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#1 JoBo

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:13

Many photos of the fatal Levegh-300SLR upon its tragic crash shows, that much of the chassis was still there (and quite intact). I assume also the engine and drive-train that somersaulted into the crowd.
It is known that the French Police confiscated the remains. But was it given back to MB later and possibly scrapped?

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Edited by JoBo, 01 July 2012 - 11:14.


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#2 Ray Bell

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 22:24

I'm sure that Neubauer's book relates that the wreckage was eventually returned to Daimler Benz...

There may be other sources.

#3 JB Miltonian

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:20

The last page of Hilton's book quotes an internal Mercedes memorandum, dated 16 October 1956:

"What remains of the car were transported on Saturday 11 October to Stuttgart and are at the moment in the racing department's workshop, waiting for Herr Uhlenhaut to decide what happens to them".

Apparently the French investigators held on to the car for more than a year before returning it to Mercedes.

#4 JoBo

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:18

The last page of Hilton's book quotes an internal Mercedes memorandum, dated 16 October 1956:

"What remains of the car were transported on Saturday 11 October to Stuttgart and are at the moment in the racing department's workshop, waiting for Herr Uhlenhaut to decide what happens to them".

Apparently the French investigators held on to the car for more than a year before returning it to Mercedes.


Then it seems that the info what finally happened with the wreck is covered in the MB archive. And from their archive they didn`t throw anything away.

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Edited by JoBo, 02 July 2012 - 07:19.