The 1920s were a fascinating time of automotive engineering innovation, with engineers on both sides of the Atlantic finding new ways to extract more power from their cars. Mercedes-Benz was one of the companies with many successes in engine engineering and one of those engines was the amazing SSK of the late 20s.
The SSK is an open-top car that looks a lot like its contemporaries, however, it rides low to the ground and has a massive 7.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. In 1928, Mercedes-Benz had already been a company in one form or another for nearly fifty years, with its founder, Carl Benz, being the inventor of the car itself. Consequently, Mercedes was already a leader in the industry, and its cars were known to be technologically advanced, well-built, and winners on the racetrack. The race-prepared models used the same six-cylinder engine fitted with a Roots-style fan for 300 horsepower, according to the Rev Institute. The manufacturer posted the rating for the road version at 200 horsepower.
Whether it has 200 or 300 horsepower, the SSK is a magnificent example of early 20th century engineering and design. The car is a fine example of Mercedes at the top of its game in the interwar period. With only 31 models made, auctions don’t happen often. Bonham’s most recent sale in 2004 resulted in a winning bid of almost $5 million.
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