Mercedes rebuilt the magnificent 1932 Silver Arrow from scratch
Mercedes F1 cars are commonly referred to as Silver Arrows in honour of the original race cars that Mercedes built in the 1930s. Unfortunately the original cars were lost – but that didn't stop Mercedes. They've simply built a new one, from scratch, as an homage to their iconic cars.
Legend has it that the name was adopted when a radio broadcaster described the 1932 Mercedes-Benz SSKLs as being silver arrows because they were fast and because they had not been painted – hence the silver colour.
The 1932 Silver Arrow was at the forefront of technology and aerodynamic efficiency, it had been developed by Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld and its pioneering body shape reduced drag by 25 per cent, thus allowing the car to reach a top speed of 146 mph, 13 mph faster than the standard SSK with the regular body. It was also very light and it was powered by a 7 L straight-6 engine making 237 hp. A supercharged version was also developed at a later stage, producing 296 hp.
Mercedes wanted to build this car for the Goodwood Festival of Speed and because there were no existing vehicles to use as a base for the car, they had to work with documents and photographs from archives. The result is astonishing.
The Silver Arrow will be driven for the first time 2019 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance before it goes on display at the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge.