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Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR by John Elwell
A magnificent and unique, large-scale aluminium sculptural model of the 1955 Mille Miglia-winning, Stirling Moss driven, Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. The body, constructed in Elwell’s signature style of hand formed aluminium panels riveted over a space frame, with cast wheels, tyres and spinners and bearing 722 decals in red.
The model includes a well detailed interior with wooden seat and dashboard detailing with plaque, signed John Elwell and numbered 1/1. English, 2014.
Note: the sculptural aluminium models of John Elwell are unique in their concept and construction, and unique in fact – each piece is a one-off, one of a kind, a limited edition of one example only, and takes around 1000 hours to hand-build.
Dimensions: Length 45 inches (114 cms)
Width: 17 inches (43 cms)
Height: 11 inches (28 cms)
Additional Notes: The Mille Miglia (Thousand Miles) race was an open-road endurance race which took place in Italy between 1927 and 1957. Unlike modern-day rallying where cars are released at one minute intervals with the more powerful cars going before the slower cars, in the Mille Miglia, the smaller and less powerful cars started the race first. From 1949 cars in the race were assigned numbers according to their start time. For example, in 1955, this, the powerful 300 SLR was numbered 722, because it left Brescia at 7:22 a.m. whilst the first cars in the race has started at 9 p.m. the previous evening.