Pic Of The Week: 50s throwbacks


They don't do press pics like this any more, that's for sure... Researching some pics for his rant about engines earlier in the week Dan unearthed this glorious slice of 50s propaganda from the Mercedes picture archive. It certainly paints a lively picture of life in Cold War Germany as a pair of American fighter jocks do the classic 'point over there at something' male model pose aboard an F-86 Sabre Dog while a 300SL Roadster awaits for some flat out autobahn action beside.

50s tech at its finest on land and air
50s tech at its finest on land and air
Life peering over the Iron Curtain probably wasn't always so jolly but we can live the dream, while perhaps skirting over the fact the direct-injection technology that made the 300SL so notable (and its engine so mighty) had in fact been perfected by Daimler-Benz just a few years before for use in Messerschmitt 109s, gifting German pilots a get out of jail free card against carburettor-fed Spitfires and Hurricanes. Fuel injection meant the 109 could dive away, fuel supply unaffected by negative G, while British pilots would have to half roll to follow, losing precious seconds in the process. Disadvantaged or not, the Merlin gatecrashed the thread following Dan's blog about engines as one of the most emotive sounding motors ever so national pride and nostalgia prevail there too.

We digress.

The pic is cheesy as hell but since when has that been a reason not to.

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Computer widescreen (16:10)
TV widescreen (16:9)
Portrait (smartphone, etc)

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  • Oddball RS 07 Dec 2012

    TBH its one of the more interesting pictures on here, rather this than a car covered it masking tape for a fake 'reveal'

  • jimmy the hat 07 Dec 2012

    The 300SL is without doubt one of the best-looking cars ever made. Not too sure about the orange wheels but, much like Megan Fox's allegedly manky hands, I think I could learn to live with them.

    Cheers, Jim

    PS 350SL is no minger either.

  • P-Jay 07 Dec 2012

    First recorded use of the infamous 'catalogue pose'?

  • another 3 points 07 Dec 2012

    Still got a F86 at Duxford, wonder if they'd let me reproduce the shot using my VX? ...OKay...Okay.. I'll ge my coat.

    Seriously though, if you're lucky and you get the chance to see the F86 flown you'r in for a threat, and the engine is fantastic to listen to aswell.
    Good on Duxford for keeping it and many other aircraft flying.

  • garypotter 07 Dec 2012

    Stunner of a car, I saw one on the M25 a few months ago the same weekend as the Goodwood rival (putting 2 & 2 together) absolute stunner but my 2 daughters could not see the attraction....

    So sad for them.

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