40 years ago this week, Mercedes-Benz made some splendid WRC history with its SLC
When you think of late 1970s and early ‘80s world rally winners, what springs to mind? Screaming Ford Escort RS1800s and Fiat 131 Abarths, the sensational Lancia Stratos and then the beginning of the Audi quattro are likely candidates.
But there were exceptions, and this has to be the most bizarre of the lot. Did you know that the Mercedes-Benz SLC twice won the Ivory Coast World Championship Rally in 1979 and ’80? And that it was basically a production car with a standard automatic gearbox?
Click on the box below to read one of the coolest stories in the history of the World Rally Championship on MB World.