Mercedes Grand Prix W196 (Paperback)

Spectacular Silver Arrows 1954-1955 (Ludvigsen Library)

By Karl Ludvigsen (Introduction by)

Enthusiast Books, 9781583882504, 128pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

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Description

Few racing cars have had the sensational impact of the W196 introduced by Mercedes-Benz in the French Grand Prix on July 4, 1954. It was a feast of exotic features from its streamlined bodywork and direct fuel injection to its inboard brakes and valve-spring-free straight-eight engine. The W196 scored a one-two debut triumph 40 years to the day after a one-two-three victory by Mercedes in the same event. Its two seasons, 1954 and ’55, took iconic Argentinean driver Juan Manuel Fangio to his second and third world championships against strong competition from Ferrari and Maserati. Stirling Moss, Hermann Lang, Piero Taruffi and Karl Kling were other drivers of these post-war Silver Arrows in epic contests at Monaco, Monza, Zandvoort, Silverstone, the Nürburgring and other classic tracks. Rare and dramatic images from the world-famed Ludvigsen Library evoke the drama of the W196’s races under the direction of burly team manager Alfred Neubauer, while Karl Ludvigsen’s intimate introduction and insightful captions take the reader inside these amazing cars and their creators.


About the Author

Karl Ludvigsen is respected as a close and knowledgeable observer of, and participant in, the world motor industry. In addition to his industry activities as an executive with GM, Fiat and Ford and head of a consulting company, he has been active for over 60 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor he has some five dozen books to his credit, all concerning cars and the motor industry, his life-long passion. Many have been garlanded for their high standard of writing and research. An American, he lives in the UK, in Suffolk.