Mercedes 15/70/100 PS Transporter & Mercedes Monza 1924 by Autocult
Only three Photos!
Swabian car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz conceived the desire to compete in the
race ‘Grand Prix of Monza’ on September 7, 1924. Back then this sporting event
was a great challenge for both, man and machine. All renowned European
manufacturers considered a successful performance at the race as a first-class
proof of their vehicles. For Mercedes it was the first participation in a Grand
Prix since end of World War I. The importance of the Swabian’s participation
was underlined by the fact that the designer Ferdinand Porsche, who had only
been working at the factory for a year, especially designed and built an M 218
race car with a 2-litre, eight-cylinder engine for this Grand Prix.
the technique was so complex that travelling on its own axles was considered
too vulnerable. It is no longer clear what motives finally led to the
construction of a special transporter for the carriage of the race car. For the
– presumably – only converted vehicle for this purpose, the Swabian engineers
used a Mercedes ‘15/70/100 PS’. The conversion was focused on the rear area of
the car. The car body starting from the driver’s seat row was removed and
instead of the standard rear area and the trunk, a substructure made of wooden
beams and planks was installed, on which the race car could be transported
safely. The gap between the loading ramps was so wide that the complete race
car body easily fit through. Four wedges fixed the loaded racer at its wheels
on its way to Italy.
men at the ‘Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft’ were aware of the importance of their
newly created race car transporter and had it photographed for their company
history. A total of only three photographs with the loaded race car are the
contemporary testimonies of the important innovation. To the present day there
is no more left of the race transporter than these three pictures.
|Description: ||Mercedes 15/70/100 PS Transporter & Mercedes Monza 1924 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC11014 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Road, Formula 1 or single seater |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1924 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||Due: 09/2021 |
|Weight: ||750 grams |
|Comments: || |
Grand Prix of Monza transport and race car
Limited edition of 333 pieces.
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.