1914 Mercedes-Benz GP Car

This car does not photograph with quite the same intensity and impact of seeing it up close.

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There are numerous elements that truly reminded me more of a racehorse than a racecar -- including the specially-made leather bonnets for much of its suspension and braking gear. Why? To keep the grime out while putting its 105-horsepower to use hitting nearly 67MPH. In 1914, those were death-defying speeds.

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The Dunlop Cord tires are filled harder than horseshoe steel: 80-plus PSI to maintain shape, versus about a 35PSI max in modern cars.

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But the real racehorse impression? This car is at once both difficult to tame, but easy to love.

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