1930 Mercedes Benz SSK

Technical Features Mercedes-Benz 200 engine, 2 Solex carburetors, original dynamo, MB external water pump, MB box. Stainless steel-coated exhaust pipe (IO). Front axle and rear differential. Bodywork completely made in handcrafted sheet metal according to scale. Ray wheels with rudge...

Technical Features

  • Mercedes-Benz 200 engine, 2 Solex carburetors, original dynamo, MB external water pump, MB box.
  • Stainless steel-coated exhaust pipe (IO).
  • Front axle and rear differential.
  • Bodywork completely made in handcrafted sheet metal according to scale.
  • Ray wheels with rudge center (IO number 18).
  • 380 mm cast-iron bells (IO).
  • Windshield frame in chrome-plated solid brass (IO).
  • Rear light in stainless steel (IO).
  • Dashboard with the horology as from the original (amperes, gas pressure, gas level, oil pressure, oil temperature, speedometer and a “Junghans” clock 8 tage).
  • Bosch ignition and light keys (IO) .
  • 380 mm cast-iron coated bells (IO).
  • Marchal Trilux headlights (IO)

History

In the summer of 1930, at the Daimler-Benz factory at Stuttgart, the basis of the future Mercedes-Benz SSK Count Trossi was given birth. Only 42 SSK chassis and engines were produced by the factory, the majority for racing purposes and only several examples were destined for use outside the circuits, one being the unique SSK Count Trossi. The mechanical project director was Ferdinand Porsche and the chassis was created for left-hand drive. Both engine and chassis of this special SSK where shipped to Mercedes-Benz dealership in Tokyo, where it stayed unsold for more than one year.

Towards the end of 1931, the chassis and engine, still without a body, were sent back to Stuttgart with the final destination to Mercedes-Benz dealership in Milan.

This dealership was frequently visited by Count Carlo Felice Trossi, who was very well off and had a very strong passion for automobiles. At that time, Trossi was president of Scuderia Ferrari, that was racing Alfa Romeo and in charge of sport events held in Emilia Romagna area, Italy. Trossi also raced for Scuderia Ferrari and showed he had also talent as a professional race driver. In fact, he positioned in a second place in 1932 Mille Miglia with co-pilot Antonio Brivio.

In the fall of 1932 the chassis and engine were finally bought by Count Carlo Felice Trossi, who started to look for the precise body builder for his new acquisition. Trossi’s design was influenced by the form of two fighter airplanes (Curtiss P-6E and Boeing P-26); therefore, he decided to include their styling in the body of his car. Still today, the panel beater is unknown. They suspect that some big Italian body designers were responsible for this design, or maybe only Zagato could have designed something of this nature. Another thought, was that Trossi, who loved English designs, would have given the project to a body builder by the name of Willie White or maybe Park Ward, who had already built beautiful automobiles of that nature.

So many names, but no one for sure; until mystery unveiled in 1984 when Richard Polledo, Director of Automovil Club Argentino, and at that time owner of the vehicle, said that the mysterious body builder was Jacques Saoutchik, of Ukrainian origin, but resident in Paris, France. Jacques Saoutchik was a top class luxury metal artist, having worked on the most prestigious marques of the era (Bugatti, Delahaye, Pegaso), he also created some bodies based on Mercedes chassis.

After Count Carlo Felice Trossi’s death in 1949, the car was sold several times, until it finally arrived in 1988 to the famous businessman and classic car collector: Mr. Ralph Lauren. Today, the only owner of the original one that ever existed is Mr. Lauren, who in 1992 decided to make a complete restoration that would return the SSK to its old splendid condition. Thanks to this decision and the breathtaking body lines of this piece of art, the car won the Best of Show in the Concours D’Elegance in Pebble Beach in 1993 and the Concorso D’Eleganza at Villa D’Este in 2007.

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