The Merecedes-BenzW125 used by Daimler-Benz AG during the 1937 Grand Prix season was the most powerful pre-war Grand Prix car. Only in early 1980s turbo-era Formula 1 cars were able to surpass it in power. Designed by Daimler-Benz engineering team lead by Rudolf Uhlenhaut, W125 was powered by supercharged 8-Cylinder 5.6-litre engine capable to develop 595 horse power. The W125 won 6 out of 12 races where it took part, and Rudolf Caracciola won the European Driver’s Championship with the W125. Daimler-Benz drivers won 4 out of 5 European Championship races in 1937 – Caracciola was victorious in German, Swiss and Italian Grand Prix; Manfred von Brauchitsch won in Monaco. The rivals from Auto Union could only take one GP in Belgium. Mercedes driver lineup for 1937 was Rudolf Caracciola, Manfred von Brauchitsch and Hermann Lang as drivers with British Richard Seaman and Swiss Christian Kautz as junior drivers and Italian Goffredo Zehender as reserve. Seaman who signed for Mercedes-Benz against the wishes of his mother, who did not want him to drive for a “Nazi” team, got the chance to drive W125 in two Grand Epreuves in 1937 – in Germany and Italy. In addition Englishman started in many smaller Gran Prix finishing best as 2nd in Vanderbilt Cup at Roosevelt Raceway in New York. His car from this event is present in this scale model by Brumm. Seaman, who was one of the Adolf Hitler’s favorite drivers, continued to race for Mercedes in 1938-39 taking his first win in a major Grand Prix in 1938 German GP. In 1939 he fatally crashed driving the Mercedes-Benz when leading the Belgian GP in a wet race.
|1937||Grand Prix||Vanderbilt Cup|
|Richard Seaman||15||Daimler-Benz AG|