Mercedes-Benz 710 Type SS Four Seater Cabriolet (1:43, Ilario)

  • Mercedes-Benz 710 Type SS Four Seater Cabriolet (from 1930)
  • Ilario
  • 1:43
  • Showcase model / No engine
  • grey/beige (brilliant finish)
  • IL43071
  • Limited to 130 pieces
  • Perfect mint condition
  • Original package exists
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Cette voiture a été présentée au Salon de Paris de 1930. Là, elle a attiré l'œil du maharaja du Jammu-and-Kashmir, Sir Hari Singh, qui l'a acheté hors du stand. Après l'avoir converti en conduite à droite, il l'a ramené en Inde avec lui. Sa famille a gardé la Mercedes jusqu'en 1972. Dans le premier tiers du 20e siècle, le Maharaja était l'un des grands amateurs d’ automobiles indiens qui se sont acheté les plus belles et les plus chères voitures de leur temps - souvent spécialement construites pour eux avec des carrossiers réputés. Cette glorieuse voiture, dont très peu ont été faites avait un énorme moteur 7.1 litres conçu par nul autre que le Dr Ferdinand Porsche et également utilisé dans les redoutables autos de sport SSK. Cette voiture est l'une des plus belles et puissantes voitures de son époque.

The 630, benefitting from improvements by Ferdinand Porsche, resulted in the 680 S. It was brought to the first race at Nurburgring where it emerged victorious. Larger engines soon followed, resulting in the 700 SS and the 710SS. Though they had been intended for road use, they were nearly identical to the SSK and SSKL racers. Their supercharged engines were capable of producing around 225 horsepower, which made them well suited to handle the drivers driving demands on the road or the track. Many of the cars were constructed of aluminum to help reduce the overall weight.

In 1928 the Mercedes SSK was introduced and commonly referred to as 'The Mighty Mercedes' and 'The Fastest Sports Car in the World'. The name SSK stands for Super Sport Kurz, German meaning short. The naming convention for the SSK typically has numbers associated with them, such as 700 and 710. This represents the engine capacity, 7.0 liter and 7.1 liter respectively. It used a modified version of the Ferdinand Porsche designed S-type chassis that, when compared with the S and SS models, was about 19 inches shorter. The K-Type was mechanically identical to the four-seat 'touring' car, the SS. The vehicle had been lowered and the engine moved back to capitalize on better weight distribution. The vehicle was powered by a variety of engines including the 7.1 liter supercharged engine that produced 225 horsepower, and later 250 horsepower. There was room for a driver and passenger, spare tires, and tools.

The bodywork was mostly handled by the factory but often outfitted by European and American coachbuilders such Murphy.

The final series was the SSKL. By drilling holes in the chassis, the weight of the vehicle was decreased even further, although weakened the frame causing many to break. The engine became more powerful, now producing 300 horsepower. It was successfully campaigned in 1931 but a year later was unable to challenge modern vehicles like the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300.

During its production run, lasting from 1928 through 1932, between 31 and 35 examples were built with around half being factory-designated Rennwagens, or race cars.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2007

Author: wolfram

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