The Mercedes-Benz W25 before the Race
2nd of June 1934: On the evening before the Eifel Race at the Nürburgring the acceptance examination takes place of the cars attempting to enter the new 750 kg racing formula. The weigh in of the shining white Monopostos shows a weight of 751 kgs. A catastrophe, it means a prohibition for the start. But the Mercedes crew don’t give up. That one kilogram has to be reduced somehow. Finally an ingenious solution: All they had to do is to remove the paintwork. So all night long in sweat-pouring work the paint is sanded off completely.
In the morning a shooting star in its shining silver aluminum body is at the start, weighing exactly 750 kgs – and it wins! A rousing victory for Mercedes-Benz and the driver Manfred von Brauchitsch.
The enthusiastic press named the racing car “Silver Arrow”. Rightly so, then of the eight Grand Prix races in the first season, the silver shots win four first and three, second places.
A myth is born, which has lost none of its magic to the present day.
The Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 25 is a veritable collector’s piece for all Silver Arrow- and model fans and should not be missing from any collection.