German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring, July 25, 1937: Shortly after the start, in the southern hairpin bend, the Mercedes-Benz W 125 formula racing cars of Hermann Lang (start number 16) and Rudolf Caracciola (start number 12), who was to win the race, were leading the field. Behind them Auto Union drivers Bernd Rosemeyer and Hans Peter Müller, followed by Manfred von Brauchitsch (runner-up), also driving a Mercedes-Benz W 125.

German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring, July 25, 1937: Shortly after the start, in the southern hairpin bend, the Mercedes-Benz W 125 formula racing cars of Hermann Lang (start number 16) and Rudolf Caracciola (start number 12), who was to win the race, were leading the field. Behind them Auto Union drivers Bernd Rosemeyer and Hans Peter Müller, followed by Manfred von Brauchitsch (runner-up), also driving a Mercedes-Benz W 125.

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May 30, 1937, AVUS race: Hermann Lang set a new world record, racing at 163 mph - nobody else should get a race car to that speed during a race until 1959.

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May 30, 1937, AVUS race: Hermann Lang set a new world record, racing at 163 mph - nobody else should get a race car to that speed during a race until 1959.

Tripoli Grand Prix, May 7, 1939. The two Mercedes-Benz 1.5 liter W 165 racing cars conquered the lead right from the start. Hermann Lang, who went on to win the race, with start number 16 ahead of the car with start number 24 in which Rudolf Caracciola finished in second place.

Tripoli Grand Prix, May 7, 1939. The two Mercedes-Benz 1.5 liter W 165 racing cars conquered the lead right from the start. Hermann Lang, who went on to win the race, with start number 16 ahead of the car with start number 24 in which Rudolf Caracciola finished in second place.

Triple victory in the Grand Prix race in Tripoli on May 15, 1938. Hermann Lang ahead of Manfred von Brauchitsch (photo) and Rudolf Caracciola – all driving Mercedes-Benz W 154 cars.

Triple victory in the Grand Prix race in Tripoli on May 15, 1938. Hermann Lang ahead of Manfred von Brauchitsch (photo) and Rudolf Caracciola – all driving Mercedes-Benz W 154 cars.

Mercedes-Benz W154 Grand Prix Car at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.    Photo: Royce Rumsey

Mercedes-Benz W154 Grand Prix Car at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Photo: Royce Rumsey

1939: Mercedes-Benz 1,5-litre formula racing car W 165 “Tripolis”:  To exclude the successful Mercedes-Benz cars, the Italian organisers of the popular race in Tripoli announced that the 1939 race would be for 1.5-litre racing cars. In only eight months, Mercedes-Benz then developed an entirely new car that started in this one race only. On 7 May 1939, the W 165 posted a double victory against 28 competitors.  Displacement:	V8  Maximum Output:	1493 cc (91 cu in)  Top speed:	272 km/h (169…

1939: Mercedes-Benz 1,5-litre formula racing car W 165 “Tripolis”: To exclude the successful Mercedes-Benz cars, the Italian organisers of the popular race in Tripoli announced that the 1939 race would be for 1.5-litre racing cars. In only eight months, Mercedes-Benz then developed an entirely new car that started in this one race only. On 7 May 1939, the W 165 posted a double victory against 28 competitors. Displacement: V8 Maximum Output: 1493 cc (91 cu in) Top speed: 272 km/h (169…

Mercedes-Benz 1,5-litre formula racing car W 165 “Tripolis”

Mercedes-Benz 1,5-litre formula racing car W 165 “Tripolis”

Hood detail of W154 at the Silver Arrows exhibition at Pebble Beach in 2009. Photo by Royce Rumsey. #MBcars #thebestornothing

Hood detail of W154 at the Silver Arrows exhibition at Pebble Beach in 2009. Photo by Royce Rumsey. #MBcars #thebestornothing

1955: Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car W 196 R:  The W 196 R dominated the race tracks again in 1955. In the seven races of the season, it chalked up five victories, including four 1-2 finishes, and Juan Manuel Fangio repeated his win of the Formula One World Championship. The 300 SLR captured the sports car world championship and the 300 SL the European Touring Car Championship.  Displacement:	8  Maximum Output:	2497 cc (152 cu in)  Top speed:	275 km/h (170 mph)

1955: Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car W 196 R: The W 196 R dominated the race tracks again in 1955. In the seven races of the season, it chalked up five victories, including four 1-2 finishes, and Juan Manuel Fangio repeated his win of the Formula One World Championship. The 300 SLR captured the sports car world championship and the 300 SL the European Touring Car Championship. Displacement: 8 Maximum Output: 2497 cc (152 cu in) Top speed: 275 km/h (170 mph)

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