Open Roads, May | Lot 108
Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR '722' Children's Car
£10,800 GBP | Sold
| Richmond, United Kingdom
19 - 26 May 2021
This charming children’s car was built to replicate Sir Stirling Moss’ 1955 Mille Miglia winning Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. Equipped with a 48 cc, single-cylinder engine coupled to a centrifugal clutch, the car can reach a top speed of 15 mph. Braking is accomplished by a single disc brake fitted with a mechanical piston caliper. The chassis is constructed with powder-coated steel and the bodywork is composite glass-reinforced plastic. Fitted with working headlights, it rides on 12-inch steel wheels with pneumatic tyres.
The interior is a tribute to the original car, with hand-stitched navy leather and tartan cloth panels on the seats. The floor is trimmed with grey carpet, and the edges and side panels are upholstered with diamond-quilted leather. Ahead of the driver is a four-spoke polished aluminium steering steering wheel, as well as a plastic aero screen.
This specific example is the only pre-production model of a series of three ‘half scale’ children’s 300 SLRs built by the builder, all of which boast a plaque signed by Moss himself. The consignor states that this children’s car should be suitable for most children between five and nine years old.
This Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Junior is a wonderful hand-crafted children’s car, which boasts superb attention to detail, not to mention bearing the authenticated signature of the great Stirling Moss as a finishing touch. It would be a fun addition to any collection of classic race cars or Mercedes-Benz models, but is of course ideal for a junior racing enthusiast to drive and enjoy as intended.