Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1931, Mercedes-Benz, Rio Models, Rudolf Caracciola

1931 Mercedes Benz SSKL Caracciola

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. In 1931 the SSK was developed in the SSKL model. The SSKL was based on the SSK, whose short wheelbase made it very light and manoeuvrable but was even lighter – as indicated by the ‘L’ in its model designation. It weighed around 1,350kg, and the output of its six-cylinder compressor 7,065cc engine was 300 bhp. The car was debuted in April 1931 when Caracciola drove it to victory in the Mille Miglia. Later Caracciola  driving the SSLK  won Eifelrennen and German Grand Prix, both held in Nurburgring, and the AVUS Rennen in Berlin.

1931Grand PrixAvusrennen
Driver No.Entrant
Rudolf Caracciola37Rudolf Caracciola
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43Rio Models
Cat. No.QualityRarity

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