1928→1932 Mercedes-Benz 720 SSK

1928→1932 Mercedes-Benz 720 SSK

1928→1932 Mercedes-Benz 720 SSK

The Mercedes-Benz is considered the summit of a six-cylinder series which debuted in the 1920s, in the times of the DMG (Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft or Daimler Engine Company). For many years the S, SS, SSK models and the lightweight variant SSKL dominated international racing – often with Rudolf Caracciola at the wheel. On 13 and 14 June 1931 the duo Boris Iwanowski/Henri Stoffel drove the fastest lap at Le Mans, 7 : 03 minutes (139.2 km/h), going on to reach the second place in the overall result of the 24-hour race.

In Detail

tags W06
submitted by Richard Owen
type Limited Production Car
production years 1928 – 1932
built at Untertürkheim, Germany
production 37
engine 6 Cyl.
valvetrain SOHC
displacement 6789 cc / 414.3 in³
bore 98.04 mm / 3.86 in
stroke 150.1 mm / 5.91 in
compression 5.00:1
power 134.2 kw / 180.0 bhp @ 3200 rpm
specific output 26.51 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 80.97 bhp per tonne
torque 528.8 nm / 390.0 ft lbs @ 1800 rpm
front tires 6.50-20
rear tires 6.50-20
curb weight 2223 kg / 4901 lbs
wheelbase 3401 mm / 133.9 in
front track 1420 mm / 55.9 in
rear track 1420 mm / 55.9 in
length 5080 mm / 200.0 in
width 1727 mm / 68.0 in
height 1524 mm / 60.0 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.16:1, 1.81:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1
top speed ~173.8 kph / 108.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~14.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~19.2 seconds