Mille Miglia (or Thousand Miles) was an open-road endurance race, which took place in Italy between 1927 and 1957. During this period, a total of 56 people were killed, and after two fatal crashes that took place in 1957, the race was banned. Now, Mille Miglia is a road rally that takes play each May in Italy on the historic roads from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia.

Each year, only 375 vehicles are allowed to enter the race and they usually come from Italian makers, like Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. This year however, Mercedes is also planning to enter the race with quite an impressive lineup: a 1928 SSK, a pair of 300 SLs, the 1955 300 SLR and a 1954 220. Behind the wheel will be former F1 driver and brand ambassador, David Coulthard, F1 safety car driver, Bernd Maylander, and old-time racers, Jochen Mass and Karl Wendlinger.

Mercedes made its first appearance in the Mille Miglia in 1931, when it won the race with an SSK, and then obtained another victory in 1955 with a 300 SLR driven by Stirling Moss.

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About the Mercedes 300 SLR

Mercedes Plans to Race Mille Miglia Exterior
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The 300 SLR was unveiled in 1955 as a race version of the 1954 300SL (W198) Gullwing road car. It was raced in competitions, like 24 Hours of Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was powered by a 3.0-liter engine that produced 215 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque.

This engine mated up with a four-speed manual transmission and launched the car from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.

Mille Miglia winners

Year Drivers Car
1957 Piero Taruffi Ferrari 315 Sport
1956 Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 290 MM Spider Scaglietti
1955 Stirling Moss Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
1954 Alberto Ascari Lancia D24 Spider
1953 Giannino Marzotto, Marco Crosara Ferrari 340 MM Spider Vignale
1952 Giovanni Bracco, Alfonso Rolfo Ferrari 250 S Berlinetta Vignale
1951 Luigi Villoresi, Pasquale Cassani Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta Vignale
1950 Giannino Marzotto, Marco Crosara Ferrari 195 S Berlinetta Touring
1949 Clemente Biondetti, Ettore Salani Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta Touring
1948 Clemente Biondetti, Giuseppe Navone Ferrari 166 S Coupe Allemano
1947 Clemente Biondetti, Emilio Romano Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Berlinetta Touring
1940 Huschke von Hanstein, Walter Baumer BMW 328 Berlinetta Touring
1938 Clemente Biondetti, Aldo Stefani Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider MM Touring
1937 Carlo Maria Pintacuda, Paride Mambelli Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A
1936 Antonio Brivio, Carlo Ongaro Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A
1935 Carlo Maria Pintacuda, Alessandro Della Stufa Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Tipo B
1934 Achille Varzi, Amedeo Bignami Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 Monza Spider Brianza
1933 Tazio Nuvolari,Decimo Compagnoni Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Zagato
1932 Baconin Borzacchini, Amedeo Bignami Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Touring
1931 Rudolf Caracciola, Wilhelm Sebastian Mercedes-Benz SSK
1930 Tazio Nuvolari, Battista Guidotti Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider Zagato
1929 Giuseppe Campari, Giulio Ramponi Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Spider Zagato
1928 Giuseppe Campari, Giulio Ramponi Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Sport Spider Zagato
1927 Ferdinando Minoia, Giuseppe Morandi OM 665 S

Source: CarBuzz

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