60 years ago, Stirling Moss won the “Mille Miglia” in Italy in the best time ever achieved in the legendary 1,000-mile race, at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car with the starting number 722. The winning vehicle is now set to be the star of Mercedes-Benz Classic’s appearance in hall 1 at the Techno Classica show, which will take place at the Messe Essen exhibition centre from 15 to 19 April 2015. The other main focus for the Stuttgart-based brand at the 27th Techno Classica will be on the unique history of streamlined car design from Mercedes-Benz. Seven elegantly sporty vehicles embodying this innovative and aesthetic tradition will be on show, ranging from the “Blitzen-Benz” of 1909 to the current Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake from 2015. The Mercedes-Benz ClassicPartner concept is also to be presented for the first time.
“In the history of our brand, the outstanding culture of innovation at Mercedes-Benz goes hand in hand with unique successes in motorsport. This is reflected in the main focuses of our appearance at the Techno Classica in hall 1 of the Messe Essen exhibition centre,” says Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Centre. “As one of the world’s leading events dedicated to vintage and classic vehicles, the Techno Classica provides an appropriate setting in which to present the legendary car that won the 1955 Mille Miglia and an exclusive line-up of seven original Mercedes-Benz vehicles which set new standards for aerodynamics in their respective eras.”
Sleek, streamlined design emerged as an objective in car development back in the first third of the 20th century. Engineers and designers recognised that the higher a vehicle’s top speed became as a result of advances in engine and chassis