CMC M-103 Mercedes-Benz W25 #20, 1934 Scale 1:18
After several years of absence, Daimler-Benz decided to return to the Grand Prix races in 1934, aspiring to put its brand back into the public spotlight once again.
A new Grand Prix regulation, however, was being enforced that allowed only cars weighting 750 kg or less to participate. Mercedes’ answer to the regulation change was the type W25. It was a sleek and aerodynamically-shaped car with an overhanging headrest and a side wise-installed exhaust manifold.
The first true test for the W25 came at the Eifel race, which took place at the famous Nürburgring on June 3rd, 1934. Unfortunately, Mercedes found its regular pilot, Rudolf Caracciola, not fully recovered from injuries sustained prior to the race. As a result, the young daredevil, Manfred von Brauchitsch was given the chance to prove himself.
Before the race started, however, Mercedes encountered a serious problem at the car approval office. The W25s weighed 1 kg too heavy according to the new regulations. To reduce the weight, the team worked overnight to sand off all the white paint, thus revealing the shiny aluminium body underneath. This new appearance and subsequent success of the car gave rise to the legend of the “Silver Arrows”.
With starting number 20, Manfred von Brauchitsch crossed the finishing line as the victor of a thrilling race. Hans Stuck came 2nd on an Auto Union, whereas Louis Chiron finished 3rd on an Alfa Romeo.
-A hand-assembled precision model composed of more than 890 single part
-Authentically-formed and true-to-scale body
-8-cylinder in-line-engine with compressor, all aggregates, pipes and cabling
-Removable engine hood with open-cut air louvres and spring-loaded locking hooks
-Hand-made radiator grille of stainless steel bars joined with solder and inlaid with wire mesh
-Perfect stainless steel spokes and aluminium rims (silver at the front and white at the back); Each spoke is mounted with a nipple
-Removable, double-winged central locking nut
-Dashboard made of stainless steel with controls and instruments on a marble surface
-The driver seat is covered with textile and the headrest with real leather
-Brilliant paintwork. Starting number is printed by the tampon printing method
Technical Data (Original Vehicle)
8-cylinder in-line-engine with a compressor (Roots blower
The single wheel suspension of the front axle
De-Dion rear axle
• Maximum output: 354 hp at 5,800 rpm
• Displacement: 3,364 ccm
• Top speed: 300 km/h
• Bore x stroke: 78 x 88 mm
• Wheel base: 2,717 mm
• Track front/rear: 1,473 / 1,422 mm
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