Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

1929 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS

Amelia Island Concours 2019

Mar 20, 2019 | On Show

The Mercedes-Benz 710 SS was the long-wheelbase predecessor to the famous SSK, the added K standing for Kurz (short). Developed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the 710 SS was available for purchase both as a fully bodied racing car or as a rolling chassis that could be sent off to a coachbuilder. The 7.1-liter six-cylinder engine, which features a throttle-activated supercharger, produced around 225 horsepower. The new 710 SS would go on to win the German Grand Prix in 1928 with Mercedes ace driver Rudolf Caracciola at the wheel. This specific example was delivered to Caracciola in 1929 to compete in the Irish Tourist Trophy race. Caracciola won the TT and earned the nickname Regenmeister (Rainmaster) in the process.  The 710 SS and later SSK variants would earn Mercedes numerous race wins throughout the late 1920s, but more importantly, they put Mercedes-Benz back on top in the world of racing.

This particular example, owned by The Keller Collection at the Pyramids, is especially noteworthy because of its original condition, which makes it invaluable and irreplaceable artifact of the period.

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