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1955 Mercedes 300 SLR Returns to Roads of Mille Miglia (w/Video)

Sir Stirling Moss revisits the route he drove more than 60 years ago in the same recording-setting car

Kelly Pleskot
May 14, 2015

Back in 1955, Sir Stirling Moss broke a record in the Mille Miglia race by driving 1,000 miles on public roads in just 10 hours, 7 minutes, and 48 seconds. Now a new film gives us a closer glimpse at how Moss managed to achieve that record, which still stands today.

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In the film, Moss revisits the same roads he drove on more than 60 years ago in the same car he clocked those miles. You can hear the distinct growl of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR number 722 that was able to average 98 mph in the original race. While these type of Mercedes race cars are obviously quite old, they still holds their merits today. At a time when other road cars struggled to hit 70 mph, the W 196 R could zoom to faster than 180 mph. Today, only eight examples exist.

The film released today, available here, allows viewers to control the camera and watch from nearly any angle as Moss takes on the roads in his Mercedes. In the coming weeks, it will be available for download via iTunes and the Android Store as well as on Oculus devices. Also watch the "Epic Drives" video below for a little background on Moss and the one-of-a-kind Mille Miglia race.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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