Mercedes-Benz 300 SL: Porfirio Rubirosa

The photo book about the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL from the, perhaps, greatest and last real Playboy Porfirio Rubirosa.

Fascinating document about the history and extensive restoration of a special sports car and its prominent previous owner and his "life in the fast lane".


Life and love in the fast lane

Rubirosa was born in the Dominican Republic in 1909 and was the son of a “general” of a group of heavily armed men working with the government who later was made Chief of the Dominican Embassy to Paris. Like no other Rubirosa embodied the prototype of a man who loved the easy life - beautiful women, sports, games and of course fast cars. Marylin Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Barbara Hutton and Zsa Zsa Gabor were just a few of the many beauties that accompanied the handsome charmer and bon vivant on his wild and often not scandal-free adventures around the world. Looking back over his philosophy of life, he once said that “most men's ambition is to save money - mine is to spend it”. In addition to his self-indulgent lifestyle, which he mostly spent on yachts and parties with the international jet set, he was also passionate about playing polo and motorsport. He took part in numerous iconic races such as the Carrera Panamericana and Le Mans, and even achieved a second place overall in the Sebring 12-hour race.


His motto for his life: First and foremost, fun!

Naturally in his sportscar collection there was a 300 SL in which he took the most beautiful women in the world for a ride. Rubirosa’s death occurred in 1965 in the early morning. After a night of celebrating his polo team’s win in the Coupe de France he drove at high speed and lost control of his car (not a 300 SL) and subsequently crashed head-on into a tree on the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France. Rubirosa died on the way to the hospital. His 300 SL Gullwing changed owners many times after his death and in 2000 Hans Kleissl bought the car which at that time was painted yellow. In the following 2 years "the Rubirosa" was carefully restored.

The document can be obtained by sending an email to

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