CMC Mercedes-Benz W 125, 1937 GP Donington, #4 Seaman
Limited Edition 1000 pcs.
Mercedes entered four race cars of the type W125 for the Donington Grand Prix 1937. Richard “Dick” Seaman took off with starting number 4. But his hopes were dashed in the 4th lap, as the Auto Union driver H.P. Müller crashed into the rear end of Seaman’s W125. Despite the damage of the rear end, gearbox, and rear shock absorbers, Seaman continued to race unrelentingly with huge restrictions. Eventually in lap 30, however, he had to give up the race in bitter disappointment. CMC has replicated the Seaman car virtually identical to the original.
- Hand-assembled diecast precision model composed of more than 900 single parts
- Authentically-crafted, true-to-scale body
- Removable engine hood with spring-loaded locking hooks and an additional leather belt for keeping the hood fastened
- Authentic replication of the 8-cylinder in-line-engine with impressive detailing
- Cooler grille handmade from stainless steel wires and a radiator wire mesh made of metal
- Removable wheels with aluminium rims, stainless steel spokes and nipples, and authentic rubber tires
- Dashboard made of stainless steel with a marble-brushed surface
- Cockpit seat is covered with real textile
- Detailed replication of the drum brakes with ventilation and cooling slots
- Brilliant bodywork painted and polished to a mirror finish with tampon printed starting numbers
HISTORY (ORIGINAL VEHICLE)
The Donington Grand Prix in England took place on October 2, was the final race of the 1937 season and the last round of the 750 kg formula racing. Although not a race of the Grand Prix European Championship it brought the Grand Prix scene to Great Britain for the first time and was an opportunity to see spectacular performances and racing giants.
Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union had been closely involved in the competition of major Grand Prix races, so a duel was expected to unfold between them, especially after both teams were reported to have sent their top drivers to the UK, such as Rudolf Caracciola for Mercedes-Benz and Bernd Rosemeyer for Auto Union. For safety reasons, the race organizers also decreed that all cars participating in this race be equipped with an additional leather belt to keep the engine hood shut, which gave each race car a very distinctive look.
The race itself was a merciless showdown between the young Bernd Rosemeyer in an Auto Union Type C and Manfred von Brauchitsch in his Mercedes W 125 with a 570-hp 8-clinder compressor engine. At the end Rosemeyer won, whereas von Brauchitsch finished 2nd and Caracciola 3rd. The other two Mercedes drivers Hermann Lang and Richard Seaman, a native British and local hero, were out of luck. Both had to retire from the race because of technical problems or accidents.
All in all, Mercedes would be satisfied with a 2nd and a 3rd places. The W 125 had proved to be the most successful Grand Prix car of this season, and Rudolf Caracciola winner of the European Championship in 1937.
TECHNICAL DATA (ORIGINAL VEHICLE)
- Roots compressor
- Two overhead camshafts
- Front wheels with single-wheel suspension and a double wishbone and coil springs
- De Dion rear axle with lengthwise installed torsion bars
|Maximum output:||600 hp at 5,800 rpm|
|Top speed:||approx. 320 km/h|
|Bore x stroke:||94 x 102 mm|
|Track front / rear:||1,473 / 1,412 mm|
|Dry weight:||749 kg|
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