This is my Bburago scale model kit of the 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR M.M., one of the world's most famous racing cars. Though named similarly to the 300SL Gullwings of the mid Fifties, this car wasn't based on that car, it was a full-race chassis, the 196S in Mercedes speak. The M.M. in the name refers to the Mille Miglia, a thousand mile rally around Italy that took place 24 times from 1927-57, with time off for World War II. Drivers such as the great Sir Stirling Moss piloted these phenomenal cars at the great races of the day, including Le Mans. This car was involved in what has become the worst accident in the history of racing, with 82 people dead, the 1955 Le Mans. I've had this kit for 9-10 years.
The back of the box illustrates many other awesome Bburago metal scale model kits. Oh, if I could have ordered all of them, lol!
- I found photos of this model in "built" condition on Flickr. It's more authentic looking than the rendering on the box!
- For the Wiki on this famous series of racing cars, click here.
- Another site with cool vintage photos and a write up of this car, click here.
B T W : The First Book of Cars I Designed
This car was also featured in a book I designed a few years ago, 50 Cars to Drive, written by Dennis Adler, it was No. 4 of the 50. The link will bring you to Amazon, and there is a neat "Look Inside" feature, allowing you to see some of the interior pages as well as the cover, designed by my good friend, Jane Sheppard.