1914 Mercedes-Benz GP Car
This car does not photograph with quite the same intensity and impact of seeing it up close.
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.
The Dunlop Cord tires are filled harder than horseshoe steel: 80-plus PSI to maintain shape, versus about a 35PSI max in modern cars.
But the real racehorse impression? This car is at once both difficult to tame, but easy to love.
What do you think?