White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red

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The Mercedes-Benz SSK (W06) is a roadster built by German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz between 1928 and 1932. The name is an abbreviation of Super Sport Kurz, German for "Super Sport Short", as it was a short wheelbase development of the Mercedes-Benz Modell S. The SSK's extreme performance and numerous competitive successes made it one of the most highly regarded sports cars of its era.

The SSK was the last car designed for Mercedes-Benz by Ferdinand Porsche before he left to found his own company. Fitted with a supercharged single overhead camshaft 7-litre straight-6 engine producing 200300 metric horsepower (150220 kW) and over 500 lb ft (680 Nm) of torque (depending on the state of tune), the SSK had a top speed of up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h), making it the fastest car of its day. The supercharger on the SSK's engine was operated by a clutch that was engaged by fully depressing the throttle pedal and then giving the pedal an extra push. Backing off the throttle pedal disengaged the supercharger clutch.

The SSK was driven to victory in numerous races, including in 1929 the 500 Miles of Argentina, the 1929 and 1930 Cordoba Grands Prix, the 1931 Argentine Grand Prix, and, in the hands of legendary Grand Prix racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, the 1929 Ulster Tourist Trophy race (Ards road circuit), the 1930 Irish Grand Prix, the 1931 German Grand Prix, and the 1931 Mille Miglia.[

This diecast model by Minichamps was sourced from Warwick & Warwick auctioneers in November 2019

 
White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red
White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red
White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red White Box 210278; 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK; Dark Red
     

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