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Mercedes W196 Price: £20.00 (plus P&P) +Add to Basket
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1955 Mercedes-Benz W196 2,496 cc 290 bhp @ 8,500 rpm. A superbly detailed Limited Edition Print of 250 signed by the artist Tony Matthews. In 1954 Mercedes returned to racing and set up a department headed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The team was again managed by the larger than life Alfred Neubauer. The driver line up was impressive, Juan-Manuel Fangio and the Germans Karl Kling and Hans Hermann. Then in 1955 this star studded line up was joined by the young British sensation Stirling Moss. The W196 had two body styles, ‘a streamlined version’ and an ‘open wheel’ version. The streamliner won its first GP at Reims but was not suited to the twistier circuits, hence the open wheeled version. Only ten W196s were built, four of which were streamliners. In the two years, 1954 and 1955, the W196 competed in 12 races, winning 9 of them at the hands of Fangio and Moss. Mercedes withdrew from competition at the end of the 1955 season after winning all world championships it competed in. Film of the cars in action is contained in TS-DVD1 ‘The Return of the Silver Arrows’. The history of the W196 and its battle with Lancia are detailed in Chris Nixon’s book, ‘The Rivals - The Lancia D50 and the Mercedes-Benz W196’. Both products are available through this web site.

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