Mercedes Benz SSK (Super Sport Kurz, German for “Super Sport Short”) was the last car designed for Mercedes-Benz by Ferdinand Porsche before he left to found his own company. Two-door roadster car was fitted with a supercharged single overhead camshaft 7-litre straight-6 engine producing 200–300 hp. The SSK was in production in 1928-1930. Fewer than 40 cars were built, of which about half were racing cars. The car took victories in numerous Grand Prix and Formula Libre races in 1929-1931. Legendary German driver Rudolf Caracciola drove the SSK to victories in the 1929 Ulster Tourist Trophy race, the 1930 Irish Grand Prix, the 1931 German Grand Prix, and the 1931 Mille Miglia. In 1929 the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix was held. Caracciola in his SSK battled Bugatti driver William Grover-Williams for the lead, but pits top to refill the car with petrol dropped him back and he eventually finished third.
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|Rudolf Caracciola||34||Rudolf Caracciola|