At this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Mercedes-Benz is set to celebrate its 125th anniversary in motorsport by displaying 13 race-related vehicles. Among them will be a faithfully reconstructed SSKL, a winning “Silver Arrow” that took the trophy at Berlin’s AVUS in 1932.
The faithful restoration of the vehicle was handled by Mercedes-Benz Classic following extensive research after the original prototype and the actual work began in January this year.
Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld designed the streamlined body especially for the AVUS race happening in May 1932. Driven by racer Manfred von Brauchitsch, it was 125 kg less than the standard SSKL thanks to the partly skeleton chassis and with 25% less drag. The 7,065 cc inline-six engine could output up to 300 hp with a supercharger, pushing the max speed of the vehicle to 235 km/h, 20 km/h more than stock.
While the reconstructed SSKL will be on show as a static exhibit at Goodwood, the automaker does intend to bring it back to the track later this year. Other iconic vehicles such as the W125, W196 R, 300 SLR as well as modern racers such as 190E 2.6-16 Evo II DTM, Sauber Mercedes C9 and more can be expected this weekend at Goodwood.