Mercedes-Benz SLR Daimler-Benz signed up Stirling Moss for the 1955 racing season. On May 2, Stirling Moss won the Mille Miglia in the record time of ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, together with navigator Denis Jenkinson. Similar to his team mates, Moss and his navigator, motor race journalist Denis Jenkinson, ran a total of six reconnaissance laps beforehand, enabling "Jenks" to make course notes on a scroll of paper 15 feet long that he used to give directions to Moss during the race by a coded system of hand signals. Moss and Jenkinson were competing against drivers with a large amount of local knowledge of the route, so the reconnaissance laps were considered an equaliser, rather than an advantage. Moss and Jenkinson arrived in Brescia in their Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the now famous No.722 car, setting the race record at an average of 159,65 km/h which was fastest ever on this 1597km variant of the course.
- Motor Mabuchi SP 18k rpm,
- Overall length 135 mm,
- Car Weight 74 gm,
- In-Line Rear Mounted 2 wheel drive,
- Wheelbase 74 mm,
- Gear ratio 9:27
- Down-force 190 gm
The first thing you will notice about this set is how stunning it looks in its silver presentation box. As this set is a homage to the legendary Silver Arrows, what other colour could Scalextric use? The Scalextric presentation box is very nice and removing the cars from the box's base is easy. The base section of the box simply lifts up exposing the slots metal screws which are tight and firmly secure the models in place.
I don't think I'm going too far if I say the 300 SLR is one beautiful looking model. Scalextric have done a very good job capturing the essence of this car. From the photos I have researched of the 300 SLR, Scalextric have also done an accurate job. Scalextric have gone so far as to even accurately capture the appearance of the great man himself, Stirling Moss. Denis Jenkinson looks quite accurately depicted too.
The 300 SLR comes with the standard 18,000rpm motor and 7mm wide classic rear wheels so this car is never going to be a 'Slot.it killer' nor is it intended to be. Considering the offset front-mounted inline motor and the thin rubber, this car does not disgrace itself for one minute.
- Sex Appeal: 6th Gear
- Set Collectibility: 6th Gear
- Build Quality: 6th Gear
- Attention to Detail: 6th Gear
- 'RTR' Performance: 5th Gear