CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, #704 Hans Herrmann, Signature Edition 400 pcs
CMC Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, #704 Hans Herrmann, Mille Miglia 1955, Signature Edition
At 7:04 on the morning of May 1, 1955, the 300 SLR with starting number 704 (starting number = starting time) left the launch pad in Brescia, with Hans Herrmann and his co-pilot Hermann Eger behind the wheel to attempt the 22nd championship of the 1,600 km-long Mille Miglia.
A faulty cap of the fuel inlet, however, caused a dangerous fuel spill, forcing the drivers to retire after covering more than a half of the race, and this was unfortunate for Herrmann, who was in a promising position to come out on the top.
Mr. Hans Herrmann now personally acknowledges is appreciation of the outstanding quality of this limited-edition with his signature on each engine hood.
Technical data of the CMC-Model:
- Model: Fertigmodell, handmontiertes Präzisionsmodell
- Manufaturerr: CMC GmbH, Classic Model Cars, Deutschland
- Scale: 1:18
- Item-No.: M-124
- Driver: Hans Herrmann
- Single parts: more than 1,500
- Limited Edition: 400 pcs
- Three-spoke steering wheel. The interior is outfitted in leather, and the seats are covered with textile fabric. The swing-up driver`s door provides ease for entry, but there is no such "luxury of convenience" for the co-pilot
- Removable front and rear spare wheels in different sizes
- Spoked-wheels on aluminium rims. Each stainless-steel spoke is mounted with a single nipple
- The wheels can be removed by a three-winged locking nut
- Authentic replication of the cockpit air ventilation, wind shield and rear view mirror
- Realistic presentation of the original dashboard with all its instruments and control elements
- The headrest dome connects with the hatch. It can be flipped up as one single unit to gain access to the spare wheels. The engine hood has a tent prop
- A tank-access flap is integrated in the drivers`s headrest dome. The filler neck underneath is equipped with a removable tank cap make of stainless steel
- The front-right engine hood fitted with a filigree grill for the cooler and engine air-inlet duct
- Highly detailed 8-cylinder in-line-engine installed in angular position and complete with all pipes and cabeling
- The sidepipes are made of stainless steel
- Front wheel suspension with inside drum brakes
- Space-frame with tank, wheel suspension, console for the spare wheels and electric fuel pumps
- Roller-Map: The ingenious innovation of Denis Jenkinson
Description of the original vehicle:
1927 entered into history as the year of birth for the Mille Miglia, the famous 1,600 km racing course through Italy. By 1930, the name of Mercedes-Benz was closely bound up with this endurance race. And the first victory came in 1931 for Mercedes-Benz.
In 1955 Mercedes-Benz introduced its 300 SLR for the first time at the Mille Miglia. Among its strongest competitors were Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin. Every minute a competing car got its starting clearance. Since 1949 the starting order had been decided by lot so that each starting number was a record of the starting time. The young-but-well-accomplished British race driver Stirling Moss, together with his co-pilot Denis Jenkinson (“Jenks”), received the starting number 722. It means that their exact starting time was 7:22 am. What an unforgettable race they presented that day!
Denis Jenkinson invented the so-called Roller-Map, a sort of “navigation system“ that would become a part of racing history. This Roller-Map was a six-meter paper roll with details of the track information collected during the training sessions. As a result, he was able to give his pilot very exact tips.
Thanks to his driving skills, his will to win, and the reliability of his 300 SLR, Stirling Moss already took the lead in Rome. After 10 hours, 17 minutes and 48 seconds, the duo of Moss and Jenkinson crossed the finishing line to become the victors. They reached an unbelievable average speed of 157.65 km/h. An unparalleled record for a long time to come. J.M. Fangio, also driving a 300 SLR, finished 2nd to complete a sweet dual triumph of the Mercedes-Benz.
After a victory like this, all the ordeals that the drivers and the race car had to go through - the painful jolts from driving over countless kerbs and the hard landings after jumping with full throttle over cambers and rough roads – were forgotten. At the end of the race, the only braking left was from metal on metal, because the friction pad was completely used up.
Technical data of the original vehicle:
- 8-cylinder in-line engine (installed in a 33° inclination to the right side)
- Direct fuel injection
- Desmodromic valve control (positively controlled valves)
- Underbody: wishbone in the front, single hinged swing axle in the rear
- Maximum output: 310 hp ati 7,500 rmp
- Displacement: 2,982 ccm
- Top speed: approx. 300 km/h
- Wheel base: 2,350 mm
- Total length: 4,315 mm