The Mercedes W196 “Streamliner” made its racing debut at the French Grand Prix held at Rheims in 1954. Juan Manuel Fangio led a Mercedes sweep, with Karl Kling (pictured above) finishing second.
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Mercedes-Benz’ incredibly successful first half of the 20th century was going to be a really tough act to follow. Ritter von Stern immediately set the Stuttgart firm on the road to untold glory in 1900 by winning the touring car class of a race at Semmering, Austria, in a 28 hp Daimler and won the same race outright the following year in a Mercedes 35 hp. After that, there was no stopping them. Between 1901 and 1939, the company’s cars…
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