CMC Mercedes-Benz W165 1939


A glorious piece of car racing history:
Mercedes-Benz W 165, 1939
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What Brought about the invention of the 1939 Mercedes-Benz W165

More About Racing in Triplolis ( from Wikipedia)

From 1933 to 1938, the Grand Prix was run to the Formula Libre standard, meaning that no weight or engine restrictions were enforced on what was then the fastest track in the world. In 1939 the Italians, tired of Germany’s dominance, turned it into a Voiturette race for smaller, 1500cc cars, but even so, a specially-built Mercedes driven by Hermann Lang won.[4] In 1940, with only the factory Alfa Romeo and Maserati teams plus some independents in attendance, Giuseppe Farina took his only major pre-war victory.[5] It was a last and pyrrhic result for the Italians because the Tripoli Grand Prix was never held again with the onset of World War II.[6]

Full article here Tripoli Grand Prix

Mercedes-Benz W165 – What makes it famous?

In 1939 the, Grand Prix was limited to 1.5 litre cars. The task of redesigning a new race care for the coming race season was daunting.Yet, Mercedes-Benz succeeded in building an entirely new racing car at a record pace. The 1.5 litre W 165 with a V8-engine pushed out a remarkable 256hp.  With the Mercedes-Benz W 165 race car, Hermann Lang gained international fame as a result of an outstanding team performance and one of the most unexpected triumphs in the history of motor sport. Therefore it is not surprising that this car and the Tripolis race became a legend.


Model Details

Mercedes-Benz W165

Hand-mounted with over 400 pieces

Radiator grill made of steel-wires with finely imitated reproduction of air slots

Hand drawn spoke wheels

Each wheel consists of 30 steel wires individually hand twined

Elegant form shows the latest fashion of that time in racing sport


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