TIL

The Merc 300SLR of the 1950s and the related W196 were amongst the last cars to use a straight eight.

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Merc got over the twisty crankshaft issue by taking power from the middle. Also, the fuel injection system was derived from one in use only ten years before on Merc’s aircraft engines, but that wasn’t mentioned in polite company.

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