Mercedes-Benz W196 Monoposto - 1955 British GP Winner

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A full twenty years after Mercedes Formula One Championship-winning year in 1934, the German giant returned to the sport with the W196 in 1954. It was no coincidence that this was the first year of the new 2.5 litre engine regulations meaning that a level playing field prevailed. Mercedes took a surprising and different route in their engine development, opting for a long straight eight configuration. This allowed the much smaller engine to rev higher and, combined with a Bosch-developed fuel injection system, allowed for 257 brake horsepower at the debut of the W196, rising to 290 bhp within a year of on-track development.*Winning the manufacturers’ title in 1954, the 1955 season saw a new driver join the team alongside Fangio; a young Stirling Moss. Yet again, Mercedes’ dominance was notable. This model is of the car raced to victory by Stirling Moss at the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July 1955. He led a group of four W196 Monopostos that took first, second, third and fourth places at this new British Grand Prix venue. This was to be Moss’s first Grand Prix win.

This fine 1:8 scale model of the Mercedes-Benz W196 Monoposto has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Mercedes-Benz regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both Mercedes-Benz’s engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.


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