Mercedes-Benz 722 Children's Car

Offered Without Reserve

RM | Sotheby's - PARIS 13 FEBRUARY 2021

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Offered is a superb children’s car, and a wonderful tribute to the #722 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR driven to overall victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia road race by Stirling Moss. It is equipped with a 48-cc engine, coupled to a centrifugal clutch driving the rear wheels, which can power the car up to a top speed of 15 mph. Braking is by a single disc with a mechanical piston caliper. An evolution of an existing design by the builder, this 300 SLR is the third of just three ‘half-scale’ creations that feature a plaque signed by Stirling Moss himself. Included is a Certificate of Authenticity for the plaque, with a photo documenting the signing.

The chassis is powder-coated steel to a bespoke design, while the bodywork is composite glass-reinforced plastic. The silver paintwork and red ‘722’ livery is a faithful tribute of Moss’s Mille Miglia winner, co-driven by Denis Jenkinson. The bonnet and boot lid are both functional, and there are working headlights. It rides on 12-inch steel wheels with pneumatic tyres, finished with three-eared chrome spinners.

The cabin is a great tribute to the original car, with hand-stitched dark blue 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 wheel, as well as a plastic aero screen. A brand-new Held helmet, finished to match the car’s livery, is also included. The seller notes that the diminutive 300 SLR could be suitably driven by most children between the ages of five and nine years old.

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