1955: Silberpfeile auf Sieg gebucht.
60 years ago: Silver Arrows win a spate of victories.
60 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows were practically unbeatable throughout the entire racing season – in all the major classes of international motor sport: in 1955, the Stuttgart racing team with Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of the W 196 R won the Formula 1 world championship for the second time running and achieved a triumph in the sports car world championship with the 300 SLR (W 196 S), while Werner Engel became European touring car champion in the 300 SL (W 198) production sports car. Major national titles were also won, for example victory in Class D of the US sports car championship.
The Mille Miglia Success Story of 1955.
Race-winners: the Mercedes-Benz cars of the 1955 season.
In 1954, Mercedes-Benz returned to Grand Prix racing with a completely newly developed racing car. The W 196 R – the “R” stood for Racing – complied with all the conditions of the new Grand Prix formula of the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale): a displacement of 750 cubic centimetres with supercharger or 2,500 cubic centimetres without, no restrictions on fuel composition. The 300 SLR racing sports car (W 196 S – the “S” standing for Sport) was developed in parallel with this model, and was first used in the 1955 season which it proceeded to dominate.