CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, Mille Miglia, original signed Sir Stirling Moss
This model was personally signed by Sir Stirling Moss at the Solitude Revival 2008 event. Signed with permanent marker on the bonnet and on the original box.
The SLR is hand-assembled from more than 1,500 single parts. It is a precision model that incorporates thoroughly-researched historical details and authentic replication. Explore the realistic appearance of this great model, and you will feel somehow like Stirling Moss. By the way, Moss drove the whole race with the service panel removed to expedite repair work in case of emergency. He simply did not want to lose a single second unnecessarily. If you don`t feel capable of filling the shoes of this legendary race driver, then picture yourself as his co-pilot. You don’t even have to do without Denis Jenkinson’s roller-map, since CMC has included a miniature version of that device.
The model is delivered with the service opening unclosed for easy maintenance. Just like the way that Moss had it for the race to save time in the case of emergency. The starting number is printed on the car by the complex tampon-printing method and polished to a fine finish.
- Model: Precision model hand-assembled
- Manufacturer: CMC GmbH, Classic Model Cars, Germany
- Scale: 1:18
- Item-No.: M-066
- Single parts: more than 1,500
- Limited Edition: --.--
- Three-spoke steering wheel. The interior is outfitted in leather, and the seats are covered with textile fabric. The swing-up driver`s door provides ease for entry, but there is no such "luxury of convenience" for the co-pilot
- Removable front and rear spare wheels in different sizes
- Spoked-wheels on aluminium rims. Each stainless-steel spoke is mounted with a single nipple
- The wheels can be removed by a three-winged locking nut
- Authentic replication of the cockpit air ventilation, wind shield and rear view mirror
- Realistic presentation of the original dashboard with all its instruments and control elements
- The headrest dome connects with the hatch. It can be flipped up as one single unit to gain access to the spare wheels. The engine hood has a tent prop
- A tank-access flap is integrated in the drivers`s headrest dome. The filler neck underneath is equipped with a removable tank cap make of stainless steel
- The front-right engine hood fitted with a filigree grill for the cooler and engine air-inlet duct
- Highly detailed 8-cylinder in-line-engine installed in angular position and complete with all pipes and cabeling
- In deference to Stirling Moss, the model is presented with the service panel removed for easy maintenance. The panel can easily mount on the magnetic frame. The sidepipes are made of stainless steel
- Front wheel suspension with inside drum brakes
- Space-frame with tank, wheel suspension, console for the spare wheels and electric fuel pumps
- Roller-Map: The ingenious innovation of Denis Jenkinson
In 1955 Mercedes-Benz introduced its 300 SLR for the first time at the Mille Miglia. Among its strongest competitors were Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin. Every minute a competing car got its starting clearance. Since 1949 the starting order had been decided by lot so that each starting number was a record of the starting time. The young-but-well-accomplished British race driver Stirling Moss, together with his co-pilot Denis Jenkinson ("Jenks"), received the starting number 722. It means that their exact starting time was 7:22 am. What an unforgettable race they presented that day!
Denis Jenkinson invented the so-called Roller-Map, a sort of "navigation system" that would become a part of racing history. This Roller-Map was a six-meter paper roll with details of the track information collected during the training sessions. As a result, he was able to give his pilot very exact tips.
Thanks to his driving skills, his will to win, and the reliability of his 300 SLR, Stirling Moss already took the lead in Rome. After 10 hours, 17 minutes and 48 seconds, the duo of Moss and Jenkinson crossed the finishing line to become the victors. They reached an unbelievable average speed of 157.65 km/h. An unparalleled record for a long time to come. J.M. Fangio, also driving a 300 SLR, finished 2nd to complete a sweet dual triumph of the Mercedes-Benz.
After a victory like this, all the ordeals that the drivers and the race car had to go through - the painful jolts from driving over countless kerbs and the hard landings after jumping with full throttle over cambers and rough roads – were forgotten. At the end of the race, the only braking left was from metal on metal, because the friction pad was completely used up.
- 8-cylinder in-line engine (installed in a 33° inclination to the right side)
- Direct fuel injection
- Desmodromic valve control (positively controlled valves)
- Underbody: wishbone in the front, single hinged swing axle in the rear
- Maximum output: 310 hp ati 7,500 rmp
- Displacement: 2,982 ccm
- Top speed: approx. 300 km/h
- Wheel base: 2,350 mm
- Total length: 4,315 mm