Mercedes W165 / Silver Arrow
1939 / V8 / 1.493cm3 / 254ps / 272km/h
The Mercedes-Benz W165 is a racing car that was designed by Mercedes-Benz to meet voiturette racing regulations. It competed in just one race, the 1939 Tripoli Grand Prix, where it was driven to victory by Hermann Lang with his team-mate Rudolf Caracciola coming second. Following an invitation by Tony Hulman, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Caracciola entered a W165 for the Indianapolis 500 in 1946. The car was not allowed out of Switzerland by Swiss customs and so could not compete.