1929 Mercedes-Benz SS

History

The Mercedes-Benz S-Type was based on the prior 400 and 630 models which had been given their names based on the displacement size of their engines. The 400 had a four-liter unit while the 630 was powered by a engine that displaced 6.3-liters. Both had six-cylinder supercharged engines with the supercharger only engaging when the driver pushed the peddle to the floor.

The 630, benefitting from improvements by Ferdinand Porsche, resulted in the 680 S. It was brought to the first race at Nurburgring where it emerged victorious. Larger engines soon followed, resulting in the 700 SS and the 710SS. Though they had been intended for road use, they were nearly identical to the SSK and SSKL racers. Their supercharged engines were capable of producing around 225 horsepower, which made them well suited to handle the drivers driving demands on the road or the track. Many of the cars were constructed of aluminum to help reduce the overall weight.

In 1928 the Mercedes SSK was introduced and commonly referred to as 'The Mighty Mercedes' and 'The Fastest Sports Car in the World'. The name SSK stands for Super Sport Kurz, German meaning short. The naming convention for the SSK typically has numbers associated with them, such as 700 and 710. This represents the engine capacity, 7.0 liter and 7.1 liter respectively. It used a modified version of the Ferdinand Porsche designed S-type chassis that, when compared with the S and SS models, was about 19 inches shorter. The K-Type was mechanically identical to the four-seat 'touring' car, the SS. The vehicle had been lowered and the engine moved back to capitalize on better weight distribution. The vehicle was powered by a variety of engines including the 7.1 liter supercharged engine that produced 225 horsepower, and later 250 horsepower. There was room for a driver and passenger, spare tires, and tools.

The bodywork was mostly handled by the factory but often outfitted by European and American coachbuilders such Murphy.

The final series was the SSKL. By drilling holes in the chassis, the weight of the vehicle was decreased even further, although weakened the frame causing many to break. The engine became more powerful, now producing 300 horsepower. It was successfully campaigned in 1931 but a year later was unable to challenge modern vehicles like the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300.

During its production run, lasting from 1928 through 1932, between 31 and 35 examples were built with around half being factory-designated Rennwagens, or race cars.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2007

1929 Vehicle Profiles

1929 Mercedes-Benz SS vehicle information

Tourenwagen

The 700SS and 710SS are the successors of the 400, 630 and 680 S models with their 6-cylinder engines and full throttle-activated supercharger. Although intended for road use, the 700 SS and 710 SS are nearly identical to the SSK and SSKL racers. ....[continue reading]

1929 Mercedes-Benz SS vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 40679
Engine Num: 71823

This car was delivered to Mercedes-Benz of London as an original Model S then was uprated to full 'SS' 7 liter supercharged specification and fitted with this special lightweight coachwork by Barker of London. It was delivered to a Captain Miller on ....[continue reading]

1929 Mercedes-Benz SS vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Armbruster

The 1928 Mercedes-Benz SS body by Armbruster started its life as a Mercedes team car driven by the famous Rudolph Caracciola. After the races, as was usual, the car was sold and the new owner put this body by the Austrian coach builder Armbruster on ....[continue reading]

1929 Mercedes-Benz SS vehicle information

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Castagna

The Mercedes-Benz S and SS models were among the top luxury cars in the late 1920s and many were bodied by the best coachbuilders of the day. Carrozzeria Castagna was a popular choice for wealthy Europeans who wanted a car with bodywork that was beau....[continue reading]

1929 Mercedes-Benz SS vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Barker

In mid-1928 a new version of the Mercedes-Benz S was produced, designated as the SS or Super Sport. Intended as a grand tourer, the SS used the 6-cylinder engine from the Type 630, but it was bored out to 7.1 liters, providing an additional 40 horsep....[continue reading]

Tourenwagen
 
Roadster by Barker
Chassis #: 40679 
Roadster by Armbruster
 
Cabriolet by Castagna
 
Roadster by Barker
 


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24,771
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27,080
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22,949
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