CMC Mercedes-Benz SSK 1928-1930, Clear Finish incl. showcase
Limited Edition 600 pcs.
The SSK/SSKL types, in particular, constituted a highlight of the legendary S-series that has left a continu-ing impact on the Mercedes-Benz marque. One may say, some cars belong to today as much as they did to yesterday, and they are virtually timeless. We would like to promote such a car, an SSK in a Clear Finish version inclunding a showcase.
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- Hand-crafted metal precision model built from more than 1,700 parts
- Authentically formed and true-to-scale car body
- Faithfully reproduced steel frame
- Sophisticated grille and rock guards made of fine metals
- Mid-hinged split bonnet with leather belt and buckle
- Rear bonnet with a metal lock
- Inline six-cylinder engine replica complete with all ancillaries, piping and cabling
- Exhaust pipes with metal snake conduit casing
- Perfectly-crafted wheels with alloy rims and stainless-steel spokes wired by hand with nipples
- Removable central knock-off spinners
- Two detachable spare wheels fastened with a handle
- Hand-made metal leaf springs for the front and rear axles
- Flip-open fuel filler made of stainless steel
- Throttle-/ignition lever mounted at the steering wheel
- Authentic replication of the cockpit and its gauges
- Both seats covered in real leather
- Adjustable windscreens for both driver and co-driver
- Brake drums in the authentic copper design with cooling fins
HISTORY (ORIGINAL VEHICLE)
The SSK is considered the most sporty and exclusive version of the super-charged six-cylinder racing sports cars from Mercedes-Benz’ S series. Short for “Super-Sport Kurz” (meaning Short-wheelbase Super Sport), the SSK debuted on race tracks in 1928, only four weeks after the SS (Super-Sport) model was introduced. Among its major modifications was a wheelbase curtailed by 450 millimeters to highlight its uncompromising nifty characteristics. This made the SSK an ideal choice for hillclimb racing.
Part of the legend of the SSK is that it was both a factory racing car and a customer vehicle. Some racing specifications, such as a more powerful compressor or a racing camshaft, were also available to private customers, while others were reserved for factory racing cars. It was common for private owners of an SSK to take part in races at weekends and use their two-seaters on weekdays as a means of transport in everyday life. Undoubtedly, the SSK was the ultimate supercar of its time.
The Mercedes-Benz compressor sports cars were initially developed under the leadership of Ferdinand Porsche. They first took the shape of a touring car in 1926, featuring increased engine power and a shortened wheelbase, and known as the Model K. The letter did stand for “Kurz” (short), namely, the shortened design for racing operations. K was preceded by the type designation S (Sport) in 1927 and SS in 1928. In mid-1928, Mercedes-Benz engineers shortened the Type S chassis to a wheelbase of 2950 millimeters and equipped the chassis with the new 7.1-litre SS compressor engine. This created the Type SSK (Super-Sport-Short), whose powerplant coupled with the compressor generated 200 hp. After Rudolf Caracciola won several important hillclimb races in the 1928 season, the factory decided to produce a small series of the SSK, which was initially meant to be a factory racing car only. From October 1928 it was included in the official sales program. By 1929, the power had been increased to 250 hp, whereas the racing touring cars of the factory team provided up to 300 hp with a larger compressor. In total, fewer than 30 customer SSKs were produced, and it was one of the most exclusive Mercedes-Benz ever.
It is a CMC tradition to issue a clear-finish version of an item that is no less, if not more, spectacular than with the cover of a livery. The absence of a colorful paint reveals the underlying beauty of this high-capacity sports car with a distinctive left-hand-drive engine and configuration. The clear finish requires more processing craftsmanship than a painted one. The body parts are to be sanded down until they show a finely-textured surface that is clean of any blemish before the model is covered with a fine layer of transparent varnish.
TECHNICAL DATA (ORIGINAL VEHICLE)
- Six cylinder in-line-engine with overhead camshaft
- Compressor that can be activated when required
|Output without compressor:||240 hp at 3,300 rpm|
|Output with activated compressor:||300 hp at 3,300 rpm|
|Top speed:||235 km/h|
|Wheel base:||2,950 mm|
|Total length:||4,250 mm|
|Track front:||1,470 mm|
|Track rear:||1,460 mm|
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