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  Mercedes-Benz W154
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1938 - 1939
Numbers built:16
Predecessor:Mercedes-Benz W125
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 21, 2009
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Chassis: 189437/7
Chassis 189437 or 'Wagen 7' was originally built for Rudolf Caracciola's aborted Indy 500 venture. It finally made its debut in July of 1938 when Dick Seaman drove Wagen 7 to victory in the all-important German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. The talented English driver added a second and third to the chassis' tally before the season was out. In 1939 this W154 was allocated to Hermann Lang. He won four major races that year, making Wagen 7 the winningest of all W154s constructed.

It survived the War stored away in Romania where it was subsequently retrieved by a Joska Roman, together with Wagen 15. During the 70s, it was sold through Antoine Raffaelli and eventually ended up in the hands of American Joel Finn. With the help of British experts Crosthwaite & Gardiner, he had the car restored to full running order. Today it is part of the largest privately owned Mercedes-Benz collection. The most successful of all W154s is seen here, alongside Wagen 15, at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where 75 years of the Silver Arrow was celebrated.
(Source: Automobile Historique #6)

Chassis details
Serial number 7
Last known location American Private Collection
Appearances

2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

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