A sublime racing debut.
On 3 June 1934 the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows heralded the start of an impressive era. The new W 25 Grand Prix racing car took part in its first ever race – the International “Eifelrennen”, or Eifel Race, at Nürburgring – and won. Driver Manfred von Brauchitsch set a new record and played his part in Mercedes-Benz’s successful motorsport history. The W 25 from 1934 and its successors earned the designation “Silver Arrow” due to their unmatched speed and signature paint finish of exposed, polished aluminium. These sleek racing cars were to dominate European motorsport until 1939. How did this come about?