From Mercedes-Benz press: Of the six-cylinder compressor sports cars from the Mercedes-Benz S-series, the SSK (model series W 06) is the most exclusive and fascinating. The model designation stands for Super-Sport-Kurz (Super-Sport-Short) and, in addition to the vehicle’s exceptional sportiness, also expresses its shortened wheelbase.
In the summer of 1928, factory racing driver Rudolf Caracciola wins the Gabelbach race in the brand-new SSK right away: he goes on to win the races at Schauinsland and Mont Ventoux. In 1930 and 1931, he pilots the SSK to victory in the European hill climbing championship. The 1931 version, which weighs less and is even more powerful, also known as the SSKL (Super-Sport-Short-Light), achieves some spectacular successes too, one of the most important of which is its victory in the legendary 1000-mile race “Mille Miglia”: in April 1931, Rudolf Caracciola in an SSKL became the first non-Italian to win the demanding road race from Brescia to Rome and back.
The Mercedes-Benz SSK was in production from 1928 to 1932,with model series W 06 II, W 06 III and WS 06. Key facts and figures include an in-line six-cylinder engine with Kompressor supercharger, power up to 184 kW, top speed up to 192 km/h and 33 units produced (including SSKL).