Download: Mercedes Benz in 1978 East Africa Rally
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Mercedes-Benz had rally success with 280 E. in the London- Sydney rally and entered a works car in the East African Safari in 1978. However, that year was dominated mainly by the fast V8 coupés: four Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC (C 107) cars, with an output of 169 kW and automatic transmission, took part in the tough Vuelta a la América del Sur rally in South America. The 30,000-kilometre race in August and September ended with a five-fold victory for Mercedes-Benz: the Cowan/Malkin and Sobieslaw Zasada/Andrzej Zembruski teams won in Mercedes-Benz 450 SLCs, followed by Fowkes/Klaus Kaiser (280 E), Timo Mäkinen/Jean Todt (450 SLC) and Herbert Kleint/Günther Klapproth (280 E).