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    CMC Mercedes-Benz Dirty Hero Combo

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    • CMC 1955 Mercedes-Benz Blue Wonder + Dirty Hero Edition 300 SLR
    • Limited Edition 1000 PCS
    • SKU: M-163

    With this limited combo package, we’re introducing a 1955 Le Mans version of the Mercedes-Benz Race Car Transporter AKA The Blue Wonder and a Dirty Hero’s edition of the Mercedes-Benz SLR Silver Arrow. The Silver arrow is the very same #701 driven by Karl Kling.

    This combo is a scene captured from a RIDE HOME FROM A RACE. The SLR is painted to look as if it has just driven off the track and onto the truck.  


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    1:18 CMC – 1952 Jaguar C-Type XKC 023 (current state of the model)

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    • Limited Edition of 1500 pieces world-wide
    • High quality Diecast, crafted in excellent detail by CMC
    • Item #M-193

     

    History

    The Jaguar C-Type – the sports car icon of the early fifties.

    The C-Type developed for use in motorsport from the XK120 was completely new except for the optimized engine. Jaguar won the overall victory in Le Mans twice with the C-Type. Between 1952 and 1955, racing teams with the C-Type won many (class) victories in national and international races. 53 copies of the C-Type were made in Coventry, including four lightweight chassis.

    CMC has studied Dr. Jenny’s C-Type (XKC 023) meticulously. The result is a CMC-made miniature highlighting the impressive charisma and sporty dynamics of the original.

     

    Following information courtesy of CMC:

     

    In his or her wildest dream, every collector hopes to be lucky enough to pull a car out of the barn in a rusty and dusty condition, but of so much importance that it would astonish the professional world. This was what happened to Dr. Christian J. Jenny and his C-Type XKC 023.Chassis XKC 023 was first delivered to Charles Hornburg, Jaguar’s US West Coast importer in late 1952, and it was directly transferred to Joe Henderson, a Jaguar dealer in Seattle.

     

    In August 1953, the car took part in a race for the first time — the Seattle Seafair 100-mile race, and it was driven by Bill Pollack and Jack Douglas. The latter was a comedy writer and television producer, well-known for his close relationship with Hollywood celebrities, including Mitzi Gaynor, leading star of “South Pacific”. Jack Douglas became the first owner of the sleek, fast XKC 023, and he took every opportunity to show off his vehicle and girlfriend. Also, racing was in his blood, so the C-type was frequently and successfully used in local racing events. After an accident, in which XKC 023 took considerable damage on the body side, the interest of the amateur racing driver in his C-Type dwindled.

     

    The vehicle remained on the US West Coast. In 1962 it came into the possession of Frank Schierenbeck, owner of a repair shop for European sports cars. With him, the C-type stayed until 1997, but knowledge about its whereabouts had faded into obscurity from the mid-sixties. Search for the missing Chassis XKC 023 began in 1986, and the car was found in 1997, albeit in a state of disassembly. In November 2000, XKC 023 was put together once more. Hardly completely restored, it participated in the Mille Miglia Storica 2001 with Jenny/Werdenberg at the wheel. Two years later, Dr. Jenny took XKC 023 to the celebrations in honour of the C-Type win at Le Mans 1951. In May 2006, the vehicle received the coveted FIA heritage certificate.

     

    Model Description

    • Metal precision model hand-built from more than 1,150 parts
    • Flip-open and lockable engine hood
    • Realistic replica of the straight six engine complete with encircling components, pipes and cabling
    • Metal exhaust pipes
    • Triangular front axle with wishbones, hydraulic shock absorbers, longitudinal
      torsion bar suspension, all made of metal
    • Rigid rear axle with transverse torsion bar suspension, hydraulic shock absorbers, longitudinal links, all made of metal
    • Radiator grille hand-made of stainless steel
    • Detailed replication of the cooling system
      • Detailed fuel and oil circulation
    • Authentically-replicated hinged fuel cap
    • Driver's door openable on realistic-looking hinges
    • Upholstered leather-covered driver and passenger seats
    • Perfectly crafted wheels with stainless-steel spokes and nipples on alloy rims
    • Screw-on central locking nuts with right-/left-handed threads
    • Elegant and brilliant finish in original colour
    • Starting numbers printed with the elaborate tampon printing method

    Special feature as accessory: Booster trolley with separate assist start device

     

    Specifications of Real Car

    • Sports car built on a tubular frame
    • Body shell made of extra thin alloy sheet metal
    • 3.4-litre 6-cylinder in-line-engine
    • Two valves per cylinder controlled by two overhead camshafts
    • Dry sump oil lubrication
    • Mixture preparation with two SU 2”-carburettors type H8/9
    • Coil/ capacitor ignition, one plug per cylinder
    • Four-speed manual gearbox mounted to the engine

     

    Maximum output:  200 HP at 5,800 rpm

    Displacement:        3.442 cc

    Bore x Stroke        83 x 106 mm

    Top speed:            230 Km/h (depending on ratio)

    Wheelbase:            2.438 mm

    Total length:          3.988 mm

    Total width:          1.638 mm

    Track front/rear:    1.295 / 1.295 mm

    Total height:          1. 081 mm

    Curb weight:         970 kg (2102 lb.)


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    1:18 CMC – 1953 Jaguar C-Type 24H France – Laurent/Tornaco #20

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    • Limited to only 100 pieces WORLD WIDE
    • 1:18 Scale Model Crafted in Diecast Metal
    • Produced in usual high quality by CMC
    • Item #M-183

     

    History

    From the beginning the long-distance classic was the main target for Jaguar, they were aware of the marketing effect of a success in Le Mans. As backup for the three cars Jaguar factory team, Ecurie Francorchamps, who was founded the year before, came to Le Mans and enjoyed the same factory management as the Lightweight C-Types. The impressive result of the two drivers de Tornaco and Laurent in the almost standard C-Type was a ninth overall at the finish. CMC therefore decided to develop this in terms of motor sports and colour scheme interesting variant. The result is a miniature of impressive charisma and sporty dynamics.

     

    Following information courtesy of CMC:

    Ecurie Francorchamps was founded in 1952 by Jacques Swaters. The Belgian team took part in several Formula 1 races from 1952 to 54, but the only victory it scored was at the 1956 Avus race, a Non-World Cup Grand Prix, with the team owner at the wheel. Ecurie Francorchamps also contested in sports car racing until 1978, campaigning Ferrari race cars. But its beginning can be found in the use of Jaguars. It was 1953 when the Belgian team took part in the Jaguar factory entry at Le Mans. Impressed by their ninth-place finish there, Jaguar boss Lyons sent the Belgians to the remaining races of the season at the Spa and Nürburgring. Ecurie Francorchamps competed with Laurent and Swaters at the Spa 24 Hours in July, but suffered an engine failure that caused early retirement. This happened to the Belgians again in the Eifel race at the end of August: retirement compelled by engine damage.

     

    In the wake of this race, Chassis XKC 047 was sent back to Jaguar Cars Ltd. in Coventry for a new engine with a Weber carburetor system and a modified rear suspension of the Lightweight model. This done, the C-type XKC 047 was handed over to Dunlop as a test and development vehicle. Later, XKC 047 resumed racing until 1959. Starting from 1963, it remained in the possession of one family for more than half a century. It was the cornerstone of the significant Jaguar collection by Guy Griffith in southern England. In 2016, Chassis XKC 047 was sold at a Bonham auction in Monaco for 7.2 million euros – unrestored and totally authentic.

     

    Ecurie Francorchamps returned to compete in the 1954 season with a Jaguar C-Type (XKC 011) that was rebuilt and fitted with Weber carburetors. It was successful once more: fourth place at Le Mans, third place at the 12 Hours of Reims, and seventh place at Tourist Trophy.

     

    Model Description

    • Metal precision model hand-built from 1,162 parts
    • Flip-open and lockable engine hood
    • Realistic replica of the straight six engine complete with encircling components, pipes and cabling
    • Metal exhaust pipes
    • Triangular front axle with wishbones, hydraulic shock absorbers, longitudinal torsion bar suspension, all made of metal
    • Rigid rear axle with transverse torsion bar suspension, hydraulic shock absorbers, longitudinal links, all made of metal
    • Radiator grille hand-made of stainless steel
    • Detailed replication of the cooling system
    • Detailed fuel and oil circulation
    • Authentically-replicated hinged fuel cap
    • Driver's door openable on realistic-looking hinges
    • Upholstered leather-covered driver and passenger seats
    • Perfectly crafted wheels with stainless-steel spokes and nipples on alloy rims
    • Screw-on central locking nuts with right-/left-handed threads
    • Elegant and brilliant finish in original colour
    • Starting numbers printed with the elaborate tampon printing method

     

    Technical Data (Original Vehicle)

    • Sports car built on a tubular frame
    • Body shell made of extra thin alloy sheet metal
    • 4-litre 6-cylinder in-line-engine
    • Two valves per cylinder controlled by two overhead camshafts
    • Dry sump oil lubrication
    • Mixture preparation with two SU 2”-carburettors type H8/9
    • Coil/ capacitor ignition, one plug per cylinder
    • Four-speed manual gearbox mounted to the engine

     

    Maximum output:   200 HP at 5,800 rpm

    Displacement:         3.442 cc

    Bore x Stroke          83 x 106 mm

    Top speed:               230 Km/h (depending on ratio)

    Wheelbase:             2.438 mm

    Total length:            3.988 mm

    Total width:              1.638 mm

    Track front/rear:      1.295 / 1.295 mm

    Total height:            1.081 mm

    Curb weight:           970 kg (2102 lb.)


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    1:18 CMC – 1956 Ferrari D50 GP Italy Collins/Fangio – #26

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    • Item no.: M-183
    • Limited Edition of 1000 pieces Worldwide
    • Produced in Diecast Metal
    • All Images courtesy of CMC, as per the CMC website

     

    The 1956 GP of Italy is a powerful reminder of the sporting spirit shown by Peter Collins in an unprecedented generous act that has gone down in Formula 1 history. As one of the topmost contenders for the World Drivers’ Championship title, Collins renounced his own pursuit when he let Fangio take over his #26 car in the middle of the Monza race. His selfless act enabled Fangio to finish the race as runner-up, thus winning the World Drivers’ Championship for a fourth time.

     

    About

    The Grand Prix of Italy 1956 took place on September 1, 1956 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. It was the eighth race of the season as well as the last competition for the decision of the 1956 automobile world championship.

    The candidates for this title were Juan Manuel Fangio and Peter Collins, both driving a Ferrari D50, and Jean Behra driving a Maserati. It was a touch-and-go situation: if Fangio were to miss this race, both Peter Collins and Jean Behra would stand a chance to win the World Championship title. However, in order for either of them to be crowned with the title, winning the fastest lap time, which carried a point in 1956, would also be necessary in addition to the race itself.

    From Ferrari, six D50s were sent to this final race of the season. Four were meant for their regular drivers: Fangio, Collins, Engenio Castellotti and Alfonso de Portago. Cars five and six were put to use by Luigi Musso and Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips, a German driver who would have his first Formula 1 race in this season’s finale. Maserati also dispatched six cars to the race, with such outstanding drivers on its team: Stirling Moss, Jean Behr, Luigi Villoresi and Paco Godia. As for the non-Italian racing teams, there were the British Vanwall with Piero Taruffi, Harry Schell and Maurice Trintignant at the wheels of its fleet, and the team Connaught with three vehicles but only one commendable performance by Ron Flockhart during the race. For the last time, the French team Gordini also showed up, but its chances for a front seat turned out to be minimal.

    The Monza race event represented a climax of the season. Contestants had to complete 50 laps for a total distance of 500 km. It took a combination of good driving skills, highest concentration, fine physique, clever racing strategies and a powerful and reliable car to put one in the front.

    It became apparent in practice that Ferrari was likely to win. Fongio won pole position by eight-tenths of a second ahead of his teammate Castellotti, who finished second. Luigi Musso took the third place. The Vanwall driver Taruffi came in fourth. Only in position five did Maserati‘s trident emblem get to shine because of the efforts of its topmost driver Jean Behra. Stirling Moss, who still had hopes of the runner-up title, finished sixth, right in front of Ferrari driver Collins.

    The subsequent course of racing was nothing short of being dramatic. It featured exciting duels as well as an unprecedented demonstration of human generosity and lofty spirit. As was so often the case, Fangio got off to a bad start in pole position. Castellotti and Musso got into the front, but impetuous driving soon caused them to stop for tire changes in the pit, thus giving away their lead. In the fourth round, Stirling Moss surpassed Fangio and took over the lead until the tenth round. Surprisingly Harry Schell, the Vanwall driver, got into the front on lap eleven, but one lap later, he handed the top spot back to Stirling Moss, who was able to maintain the lead till lap 45.

    In the middle of heated racing, things happened that would impact the results of competition for the World Championship of Drivers. In lap 22, Jean Behra retired with a faulty ignition system. Driving a D50 with starting number 22, Fangio had to make a pit-stop because of a broken handle bar after lap 31. However, once the car was fixed, it was not Fangio but Castellotti who drove it to keep on with the race. A pit decision had been made that Fangio should continue his title competition in Luigi Musso’s car, instead. However, Musso ignored the order, leaving Fangio without a car. Fangio knew that his teammate Collins was only one victory and one fastest lap away from the title. He basically gave up any hopes.

    This was when Peter Collins, whose Ferrari was wearing starting number 26, drove into the pit to have his tires checked. What happened then and there has become a well-remembered episode in racing history. On the spur of a selfless decision that could have only been inspired by an unprecedented sporting spirit, Collins handed over his car to Fangio, an older colleague as much as an opponent.
    Collins was the only one in Formula 1 history to have voluntarily and selflessly passed on to a colleague the opportunity to win the world championship title. To justify such a decision, Collins might have told himself that he was still young and had many chances lying ahead. Unfortunately, this calculation did not work out. Two years later, he died of an accident on the Nürburgring circuit where the 1958 German Grand Prix was held.

    Back to the 1956 Monza GP, the race went on. With five laps left to go, Moss was ahead of Musso and Fangio, who was riding in Collins‘ # 26 car. But he ran out of fuel and got stranded in the middle of nowhere for refuelling. This is when another selfless deed unfolded before the spectators. Driving a private Maserati, Luigi Piotti docked behind the rear end of Moss‘ Maserati, pushing Moss and his car to the Maserati box.

    Thanks to this rescuing effort, Moss was able to resume racing and overtake Fangio from behind. For two laps, Musso was in the lead, but as bad luck would have it, he broke the handlebar and had to retire with a major victory so close in sight!

    Stirling Moss took over the lead again and won the race six seconds ahead of Fangio, who shared the points with Collins. With his share of these points, Fangio became the driver world champion of the year for a fourth time.

    The 1956 Monza podium was not complete without Ron Flockhart, who raced for the Connaught Engineering team and finished third, an unprecedented success for his Connaught Type B-Alta. Here is the final list:

    1st: Stirling Moss in Maserati 250F

    2nd: J.M. Fangio / Peter Collins in Ferrari D50

    3rd: Ron Flockhart in Connaught-Alta

     

     

    Model Description

    • Metal precision model hand-built from 1379 parts
    • Detachable and lockable engine hood
    • Flip-open ventilation lid for the driver´s footwell
    • Detail-exact replication of the V8 engine with accessories, pipes and cabling
    • Bundled exhaust pipes made of metal
    • Triangular front axle with shock absorbers and transverse leaf spring, all made of metal
    • Rear suspension with De-Dion-tube, transverse leaf spring, pushrods and friction dampers, all made of metal
    • Hand-crafted stainless steel grille
    • Oil cooler installed in front of the radiator
    • Detailed replication of fuel and oil circulation as well as the cooling system,
    • Hinged flip-open fuel and oil filler caps
    • Upholstered, leather-covered driver’s seat and head-rest
    • Amazingly realistic and perfectly crafted wheels with stainless-steel spokes and nipples mounted on an alloy rim
    • Authentically-replicated central locking nuts with right-/left-handed threads
    • Elegant finish by hand in the original hue and colour

     

    Special feature as accessory: Booster trolley with separate assist start device

     

    Real Car Specifications

    • Monoposto built on a tubular frame with free-standing wheels
    • 2.5-litre V8 engine as a stressed member of the chassis
    • Two valves per cylinder controlled by two overhead camshafts
    • Dry sump oil lubrication
    • Mixture preparation with four Solex 40 PII double carburettors
    • Dual ignition (two plugs per cylinder)
    • Five-speed manual gearbox installed behind the driver
    • Triangular front axle with shock absorbers, front suspension with wishbones, transverse leaf spring, all made of metal
    • Rear suspension with De-Dion-tube, transverse leaf spring, pushrods and friction dampers, all made of metal

    Bore x stroke:             76 x 68.5 mm

    Displacement:           2,486 cc

    Maximum output:      265 HP at 8,000 rpm

    Top speed:                 300 Km/h (depending on ratio)

    Wheelbase:               2,280 mm

    Track front/rear:         1,270 / 1,270 mm

    Total length:               3, 850 mm

    Total width:                1,448 mm

    Total height:               962 mm

    Curb weight:              640 kg

     


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    1:18 CMC – 1937-1939 “Memory Edition” Talbot Lago Coupe T150 C-SS in Aubergine

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    Model Description:

    • Memory edition in Aubergine
    • 1:18 Scale Model Crafted in Diecast Metal
    • Produced in usual high quality by CMC
    • Aesthetic “teardrop” bodywork
    • Delivery expected late September
    • Item #M-179

     

    The Talbot Lago Coupe is a classic and deeply cherished car, which CMC has finally replicated into a stunning, sleek and smooth diecast model. The car’s body was made famous by French sheet metal cutters Figoni & Falashi, giving it a beautiful teardrop shape, something considered “state of the art” nowadays. First presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1937, the Talbot Coupe impressed all who saw it. The narrow front fender an chromium-plated exhaust piece blend harmoniously together, especially with the helping hand of the luxurious interior, created with artistic workmanship in wood and leather. A six-cylinder in-line engine can be seen under the bonnet of the Coupe, with either 140 horsepower or 160, depending on the make. Only 16 of these cars were built between 1937 and 1939, with no two being alike. Only four of them are still around today!

     

     


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    1:18 CMC – Auto Union Type C #18 1936 Eifel Race

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    • Limited Edition of 1500 pieces world-wide
    • Hand-assembled and made of 1203 parts
    • High quality Diecast, crafted in excellent detail by CMC
    • Item #M-161

    History

    This 1:18 Auto Union Type C #18 Eifel Race Winner has been hand-assembled, consists of 1203 parts and is made of high quality Diecast by CMC. It features a removable front, the engine hood has true rubber o-rings for locking the hooks, a movable windscreen, exact replication of 16-cylinder V-type engine, openable fuel tank cap, cockpit fitted with textile seats and “Rosemeyer steering wheel”, “Bernd” imprinted on the outside of the cockpit and impeccable paintwork.

    The original vehicle featured a 16 cylinder V-engine with 2 valves per cylinder (controlled by an overhead cam shaft), dry sump lubrication, roots compressor and is a single seater (monoposto) with free-standing wheels and a tubular frame.

    Following information courtesy of the CMC:

    On June 14th 1936, Auto Union sent its best driver Bernd Rosemeyer to compete in the famous Eifel race at the Nürburgring, driving an Auto Union Type C with starting #18. This event became one of the most memorable fog-races at the Nürburgring. It consisted of 10 laps for a total distance of 228 km. The race was dominated by three prominent drivers of the time from the very beginning. Leading the way was Rudolf Caracciola in a Mercedes W25, next came the veteran warrior Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa Romeo P3, and behind him was Bernd Rosemeyer in a Type C. After the 3rd round Nuvolari surpassed Caracciola to take the lead. But Rosemeyer was catching up steadily. Following a shock absorber failure that forced Caracciola to retire, a thrilling duel for victory unfolded between Nuvolari and the daredevil Rosemeyer.

    True to his nickname, Rosemeyer endeavored to become the undisputed front-runner by the 7th round.  At a significant distance behind him was Nuvolari, running in the 2nd place. During the 8th round, however, something unforeseen happened. With the sudden descent of a heavy fog, the Nürburgring was enveloped in an impenetrable wall of mist. Visibility was reduced to less than 20 meters! And what did Rosemeyer do? This crazy guy kept going full speed ahead. With a seriously blurred vision, he had to rely on his route memory of the course, a 7th sense for orientation, and an undaunted spirit to win the race. A legend was born.

    Bernd Rosemeyer went down in racing history as the “Fog Master.” Auto Union was setting a new benchmark that put an end to the dominance of Mercedes Benz.


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    1:18 BOS Models – Lotus Eleven #337 – 1957 Mille Miglia

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    • 1:18 Scale
    • Historic 1957 Mille Miglia Race Car
    • Resin material accentuates the crisp, clean lines of this curvaceous vehicle
    • The generous opening of the cockpit allows brilliant viewing opportunities of the dashboard and other interior detail
    • Smooth, sleek look makes for a stylish and historical addition for your collection
    • Item number #BOS150

    This historic 1957 Mille Miglia racing car was designed by Colin Chapman, and fitted with its sleek body by aerodynamicist Frank Costin in London, England. This British classic incorporated the latest in aerodynamic theory, engine, suspension and brake technology. It eventually went on to become the most prolific race car of its time, dominating it’s class throughout the world. In 1957 on the Mille Miglia circuit in Italy, Gregor Grant drove a factory-prepared Lotus Eleven, writing an account called “One man’s Mille Miglia”, noting his experiences of the race.


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    1:18 BOS Models – Lotus Eleven 1956 Monza Rekordwagen

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    • 1:18 Scale
    • Resin material model with sealed body and detailed interior
    • Historic 1956 Monza record car
    • Sleek and professional finish makes for a historical and unique addition for your collection
    • Item number #BOS152

    This historic 1956 racing car was designed by Colin Chapman, and fitted with its sleek body by aerodynamicist Frank Costin. This British classic , fixed with a Coventry Climax engine and tubular space frame, was primarily designed to compete in the 1100 cc class where it was one of the most successful cars during the mid to late 1950s. One of the most notable accomplishments was in 1956 when the Lotus Eleven was driven to a class world record by Stirling Moss of 230 km/h, for a lap at Monza. Several class victories followed at Le Mans and Sebring, and once again the Eleven became Lotus’ most successful race car design.

     


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    1:18 BOS Models – 1939 Mercedes-Benz T80 Rekordwagen

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    • 1:18 Scale
    • Historic 1939 Land Speed record car
    • Produced in resin, the resin moulding provides pin-point body and shut-line accuracy
    • The story below should be enough as to why this makes a great historical addition for your collection
    • Item number #BOS202

    The Mercedes-Benz T80 was a six-wheeled vehicle, developed and designed by Ferdinand Porsche. It was intended to break the world land speed record, but never got the chance due to the outbreak of World War II. The target speed for the T80 at the beginning of production was 600 km/h, but when the project was finished it was set to an ambitious speed of 750km/h. Hitler considered the T80 a propaganda triumph of German technology, being an avid race car fan himself. The engine used in the T80 was a massive 44.5 litre Daimler-Benz DB 603, a derivate of the famous DB-601 aircraft engine. The car was over 8 metres long, with three axles, an produced 3,000 hp. Aerodynamically, the T80 incorporated a Porsche-designed enclosed cockpit, low sloping hood, rounded wheel enclosures, and elongated tail booms. Midway down the body were two small wings to provide down force and ensure stability – these wings were inspired by the wings of Opel’s famous rocket cars from 1928. The date was set for the car to complete the record in “RekordWoche “(Record Week), January 1940, but the war begun on September 1, 1939 and prevented the T80 to run the great feat due to the fact that its huge V12 engine was taken out and used in an air bomber during the war. The car is currently on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.


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    1:18 BOS Models – 1939 Mercedes-Benz W154 Rekordwagen

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    • 1:18 Scale
    • Historic 1939 land speed model car – Silver
    • This curvaceous creation immediately draws your eye to the detailed craftsmanship applied to the body mould of this historically significant model
    • Limited to only 1000 pieces worldwide
    • Read below to understand why you need to make this historical show piece the conversation point of your collection today
    • Item number #BOS203

    Following an impressive 1938 Grand Prix season, some engine and aerodynamic modifications to the W154 were planned for the 1939 season, but before the season got underway, Mercedes-Benz decided to use the W154 to make attempts on the Class D (2.001–3.000L/122–183cu in) standing start speed record. Chassis number 11 of the 15 W154s built was modified by enclosing the wheels and suspension in aerodynamic fairings. The sides of the cockpit were also enclosed by panels; the one on the right side was easily removed for entry into the cockpit. Further streamlining improvements were made to the rest of the body, and unneeded equipment was removed to make the car as light as possible. Since the record runs were brief, the radiator was removed, and an ice tank was installed above the rear axle. Hot coolant from the engine flowed into the tank and melted the ice, and the now-chilled coolant flowed back to the engine. With the radiator removed, an inlet in the nose of the car fed air directly to the engine’s carburettor. The streamlined W154 record car’s engine developed 468 hp (349 kW) at 7,800 rpm. On the 8th of February 1939, Caracciola climbed into the streamlined W154 car as it sat on a special section of the Autobahn south of Dessau, Germany. From a stop, Caracciola and the W154 rocketed down the Autobahn, covering 1 km (.6 mi) in 20.56 seconds and 1 mile (1.6 km) in 28.32 seconds—both times were new Class D records. Unfortunately, the top speed achieved was not recorded, but the times averaged to 108.800 mph (175.097 km/h) over 1 km (.6 mi) and 127.119 mph (204.578 km/h) over 1 mile (1.6 km).