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1924 Mercedes Monza

1924 Mercedes Monza

First Eight-cylinder Mercedes: This was the first car that Ferdinand Porsche himself designed in his new capacity as the chief designer of the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, and it was fitted with the first eight-cylinder engine that was designed for the company’s road vehicles. In the Monza race, however, the car turned out to be problematic and very difficult to control. Count Zborowski, one of its drivers along with Masetti, Neubauer and Sailer, lost his life in this race. This car scored its greatest triumph when it won the 1926 German GP with Caracciola at the wheel.

Story by DaimlerChrysler


In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine M2 Inline-8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Supercharged
valvetrain DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
displacement 1996 cc / 121.8 in³
bore 61.7 mm / 2.43 in
stroke 82.8 mm / 3.26 in
compression 5.0:1
power 126.8 kw / 170 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 85.17 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 217.95 bhp per tonne
body / frame Pressed Steel Frame
front tires 5 x 29
rear tires 6 x 31
front brakes Drums
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Drums
r brake size mm / in
steering Worm & Nut
f suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Friction Shock Absorbers
r suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Friction Shock Absorbers
curb weight 780 kg / 1720 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track 1360 mm / 53.5 in
rear track 1360 mm / 53.5 in
transmission 3-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~180 kph / 111.8 mph