CMC M-117 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Mille Miglia, 1955 Scale 1:18
The annual endurance race of the Mille Miglia attracted a very impressive group of competitors in 1955. Mercedes-Benz had big plans up its sleeve, so it sent over a fleet of four racing cars, all of the type 300 SLR, which was to make its debut here. Piloted by world-famous top drivers, the 300 SLR was intended to be a passport to victory over such hard competitors as Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin. Half of Italy was on its feet to follow the national racing highlight of the year.
Every minute one car left the famous launch pad in Brescia. With the allotted starting number 658, the first car of the Mercedes team started off at 6:58 am (starting number = starting time), and it was piloted by J.M. Fangio without a co-pilot. With starting number 701, Karl Kling took off on the next 300 SLR at 7:01 am, followed by Hans Herrmann at 7:04 am with starting number 704. Finally, the young daredevil Stirling Moss and his co-pilot Denis Jenkinson left the start line with starting number 722 at 7:22 am.
The outcome of this race became world-famous and went down in racing history subsequently. Stirling Moss turned out to be the triumphant winner. CMC recreated his 300 SLR some time ago (item number M-066) CMC’s commemoration of the 1955 Mille Miglia race is now completed with the release of new miniatures for the other three cars of the Mercedes-Benz SLR team.
J.M. Fangio finished 2nd in the race (item number M-117). Karl Kling was caught in an accident and had to retire (item number M-118). Likewise, Hans Herrmann was unable to finish the race due to a fuel spill from the loosened fuel filler cap that forestalled any efforts to carry on (item number M-119).
-Metal precision model hand-assembled from more than 1,500 single parts
-True-to-scale body (Mille Miglia racing version)
-Accurate replication of the space frame in metal
-Authentically replicated headrest dome in the two-seater model. It forms a single unit with the trunk cover, which opens upwards (for access to the spare wheels
-The headrest of the one-seater model lies lose on the trunk cover and can flip up independently. The trunk cover opens, as well.
-Fuel filler concealed in in the driver’s headrest dome. Removable fuel filler cap of stainless steel
-Functional metal hood rod and rod latch
-Highly detailed 8-cylinder inclined in-line-engine, complete with aggregates, pipes and cabling
-Spoked wheels with aluminium rims. Each stainless steel spoke is mounted with a base nipple. Central locking nut for the fastening and removal of wheels (with side-sensitive threads for the two different sides)
-Accurately-formed horseshoe windshield. The one-seater model is equipped with an additional metal cover over the co-pilot’s seat.
-Well-replicated cockpit with the textile-covered seat(s) and leather interior
-Detail-exact dashboard with all instruments and control elements
-Laterally-placed exhaust pipes made of stainless steel
-Realistic replication of the front and rear wheel suspension with springs
-Premium paintwork with accurately positioned starting numbers (ink printing method)
-Side opening for maintenance is left uncovered, as in the original. A cover is enclosed in the box and can be mounted magnetically.
Technical Data (Original Vehicle)
8-cylinder in-line engine (installed in a 33° inclination to the right side)
Direct fuel injection
Desmodromic valve control positive control valve gear)
Underbody: wishbone in the front, single hinged swing axle in the rear
• Maximum output: 310hp at 7,500rpm
• Displacement: 2,982ccm
• Top speed: approx. 300 km/h
• Bore x stroke: 78 x 78 mm
• Wheelbase: 2,370 mm
• Track front / rear: 1,330 / 1,380 mm
• Total length: 4,315 mm
• Unloaded weight: 880 kg
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