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  Mercedes-Benz SSK 1929, chassis number 35988, engine number 72346


In the1920s Ferdinand Porsche worked for Daimler (which in 1926 merged with Mercedes and became Mercedes-Benz) and designed a series of supercharged cars that came to be regarded by some as the best ever made. From K-type, a big car with a straight six-cylinder engine of just over 7 litres, the sporty S, and then the shorter SS model (Super Sport) were developed in 1927. To crown it then came the  SSK model with 45 cm shorter wheelbase (K accounted for Kurz, "short"). The model was manufactured between 1928 and 1931, and was at that time the fastest road car that could be purchased.


The SSK model was specifically developed for the popular hill climb races and was extremely successful, as in the hands of drivers like Rudolf Caracciola who, with the SSK, became European champion in the hill climb championship both 1930 and 1931. The model also had great successes in regular road competitions - in 1931 Caracciola managed to win the Mille Miglia.


The SSK model was available with supercharger in different sizes and power outputs from about 175-225 hp with the supercharger engaged. This was used only when necessary and activated as the accelerator was pressed to the bottom. Top speed was depending partly on the rear axle gear ratio, but could be as high as just over 190 km/h.

Total production was only 33 SSK (the figures vary slightly, partly because the factory modified a few SS-cars). Of these, there are only a few who have survived without major changes and a fully known history, and our car is one of them.


Our car was originally delivered to Finland where the Finnish racing driver Karl Ebb had great successes with the car which often competed against our Bugatti 35B, in Sweden, Finland and Norway. It also competed against the other SSK car that raced in Sweden, usually driven by owner P. W. Widengren. The history of these gigantic racing machines are often mixed together.


In the hands of Karl Ebb the car won many competitions, including the legendary Swedish Winter Grand Prix, the Finnish Djurgården races and the Estonian Grand Prix.


After the war, the car came to Sweden and was mistreated by various owners. When bought by Bertil Lindblad in the beginning of the 1950s it was almost a wreck. He then started on a nearly 50-year renovation of the car.


The very complicated car is now running well and used for demonstration runs etc.

/Björn-Eric Lindh 2015



Technical data
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Type/Model: SSK
Body: 2-seater race car
Year of manufacture: 1929
Engine: 6-cylinder in-line engine with an overhead camshaft
Cylinder capacity: 7065 cc
Power: 170/225 hk?
Gearbox: 4-shift plus back, unsynchronized
Brakes: Mechanical 4-wheel brakes
Wheelbase: 2950 mm
Maximum speed: about 190 km/h
Manufactured quantity: 35

The photo was taken at a competition in the early 1930.

Karl Ebb runs his Mercedes-Benz SSK in Sweden's Winter Grand Prix, the car was then fitted with a radiator shield.

Bargain Condition - Mercedes-Benz SSK 1929.

Bertil Lindblad with his Mercedes-Benz SSK.



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