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34-M-082 CMC M-082, 1/18-MERCEDES-BENZ SSKL No.8,1931, LIMITED
One manufacturer dominated the racing scene from the mid to the late 1920’s, and even in 1931. That manufacturer was Mercedes-Benz with its legendary supercharged models from the SSK series. The race cars of that period proved their performance in a variety of races. The Mercedes-Benz racers were called the “White Elephants” because of their overwhelming power and great size.
1931 became a very special year for the talented driver Rudolf Caracciola and his SSK. The Mercedes-Benz factory in Untertürkheim only provided limited support because of the worldwide economic crisis. In spite of that, Rudolf Caracciola, with his lightweight SSKL, achieved two sensational victories in 1931. Caracciola’s greatest victory was undoubtedly the Mille Miglia on April 12-13, 1931. Soon after, the public was treated to his next triumph in a Mercedes SSKL. On July 19, Caracciola and his “White Elephant” achieved victory in the Grand Prix of Germany. The race was held at the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, also called the “Green Hell.” The drivers had to master 22 laps, a challenge of 501.8 km. “Caratsch” and his co-pilot Wilhelm Sebastian covered that distance in only 4 hours, 38 minutes, and 10 seconds, with an average speed of 108.3 km/h