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1955 Mercedes Benz W196 'Silver Arrow' F1 Car

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This is a 1:43 diecast model of the championship winning car for the 6th FIA Formula One World Championship season held in the year 1955, driven by Argentinean racing driver, Juan Manuel Fangio (pictured).

This stunning Grand Prix car was powered by a normally aspired 2.5 litre straight eight fitted with desmodromic valves and fuel injection (Mercedes built the first successful Grand Prix car to have fuel injection). Four camshafts operated 16 valves and a five speed gearbox, a distinct advantage to their rivals four speed versions. The chassis employed small diameter tubing in a space frame design while stopping power was supplied by inboard brakes front and rear.

Dubbed the 'Silver Arrow', this name was given by the press to Germany's dominant Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union Grand Prix motor racing cars between 1934 and 1939, and also later applied to the Mercedes-Benz Formula One and sports cars in 1954 and 1955.

Note : A story exists that the origin of the Silver Arrows was accidental. From 1934 onwards a maximum weight limit of 750 kilograms for Grand Prix cars was prescribed. In 1934 the MB team placed its new W25 on the scrutineering scales prior to the Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring, it allegedly recorded 751 kg (1,656 lb). Racing manager Alfred Neubauer and his driver Manfred von Brauchitsch, claimed that they had the idea of scraping all the white paint from the bodywork. The story continues that the next day the shining silver aluminium beneath was exposed and scrutineering was passed. Brauchitsch won the race, the nickname Silver Arrow was born.


  1. pops52 pops52, 2 years ago
    Great posting!
  2. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much Manikin & pops52 for the appreciation!
  3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Looks real nice on my phone, will look on puter when home lol
  4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    George, great posting, love these!!
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    Thank you snoopy, Kerry, Officialfuel, pickrknows & blunderbuss2 for the Love! Most appreciated!

    Also cheers to pops52 & Kerry for the compliment!
  6. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    A great car and great photos !~
  7. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you Phil for the 'Love' & kind comments. Very much appreciated!
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    Thank you Sean & lundy for the 'Love'! Very much appreciated!
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    Thank you Petey for the appreciation!
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    Thank you Leah for the 'Love'! :-)
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    Thank you AntigueToys for the appreciation!
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    Thank you Mike for visiting & loving the post!
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    Thank you aghcollect!
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    Thanks for the appreciation pickrknows! Big cheers!
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    Thank you nutsabotas, very much appreciated!
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    Thank you Trey for visiting & the appreciation! Big cheers!
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    Thanks for the appreciation lundy! Big cheers!
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    Thanks William! :-)

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