Editorial The Last Silver Arrow | The Truth About Cars

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Mercedes-Benz W154

Editorial: The Last Silver

On September 1, the Collier Collection of Florida, brought to Lime its 1939 Mercedes-Benz W 154 Grand car. (Yes, Collier’s is a collection, not a bother looking for a website; by invitation only.) The word Lime Rock’s PR person: would be the first time the had ever been started on a in 69 years and 363 days, having run in anger at a minor street in Yugoslavia on September 3, 1939, two after the start of World War ringers from Stuttgart had sent to Connecticut to help this historic ignition, as had the restorer who’d rebuilt the Collier guys also to run the car on the track briefly, which, it was would also be a 70-year

Legend has it that this the last of the 15 W 154s built, was one of two in 1945 in Austria by the steamrollering who put them on a train to be shipped to Russia. The cars got as far as Romania, the troops running the train them for liquor, food, goods and probably a few cute girls.

I missed that “on a racetrack” in my quick reading of the to attend, so I hustled up in my nearly-as-ancient 911 to see and what I figured would be as momentous as being present at the of King Tut’s tomb. it start? Would it grenade? they need a spritz of ether to bring it to life?

Well, it was fun but not quite as historic as I’d Turns out the car had actually raced times well after War II, the last time in a hillclimb it wrecked. And when the engine with a brain-melting bark on the turn of the crankshaft, it immediately obvious that Mister W 154 had run, after an extensive plenty long enough to jet and its V12′s supercharged carburetors. not “on a racetrack.”

While dozens of us crowded snapped pictures and generally got in the plugs were pulled, a lab’s worth of fuel was the engine was spun to build oil plugs were replaced a torque wrench in sight, by the these guys have wrists). A friend who was with me and said, “I have to go through every time I start my ’40 biplane, but nobody’s ever

Came the big moment and instantly the air was with unbearable noise and the of a model-airplane meet. Emissions? You little did the tiny village of Connecticut, know that it had become an EPA Superfund site. The burns a blend of methyl nitrobenzene, acetone and sulphuric that would probably through concrete.

Mercedes-Benz W154

After five minutes of WHAP. WHAP. WHAP and forth to 4,000 rpm (to keep the hot plugs clear), the entire car was smoking as restorative paint here and there, asbestos burned off the two tailpipes and glycol to bubble into the tray the car.

In go the cold plugs, a gray wooden box on a cradle to the curve of the car’s cowling and “von Brauchitsch,” who drove it at that September day in 1939, on the pole and finishing second to in an Auto Union Type D.

The car is to the end of the pit lane while a dozen Lime Rock Park members wait impatiently for turn at the track. One of them, in his tailored shorts and Ralph shirt, in an accent that we to call Locust Valley had earlier asked me, “Are you for the track day?” I told “No, I am a writer, waiting for the “Yes, I figured,” he said as he my stock Levi’s.

The W 154 did a few racketing but careful laps on its skinny tires, the Mercedes Center factory driver well aware of the I’m-guessing $20 value of the car. If you want to see Silver Arrow do it again, go to the Annual Lime Rock Vintage Festival this Day weekend. It’ll be there. earplugs. Or watch the video .

Mercedes-Benz W154
Mercedes-Benz W154
Mercedes-Benz W154
Mercedes-Benz W154

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