Mercedes-Benz W165

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Mercedes-Benz W165
Mercedes-Benz W 165, Bj. 1939 - 1984-05-12 auf dem Nürburgring.jpg
Category Voiturette
Constructor Mercedes-Benz
Designer(s) Max Sailer
Albert Heess
Max Wagner
Technical specifications
Chassis Oval tubular frame
Suspension (front) Independent suspension with wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic dampers
Suspension (rear) De Dion tube, torsion bars, cockpit adjustable hydraulic dampers
Engine M164 1.5 litre V8 supercharged front-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Mercedes-Benz 5-speed
Competition history
Notable entrants Daimler-Benz AG
Notable drivers Rudolf Caracciola
Hermann Lang
Debut 1939 Tripoli Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
1 1 0 1
Drivers' Championships 0

The Mercedes-Benz W165 is a racing car that was designed by Mercedes-Benz to meet voiturette racing regulations. It competed in just one race, the 1939 Tripoli Grand Prix, where it was driven to victory by Hermann Lang with his team-mate Rudolf Caracciola coming second.[1] Following an invitation by Tony Hulman, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Caracciola entered a W165 for the Indianapolis 500 in 1946. The car was not allowed out of Switzerland by Swiss customs and so could not compete.[2]

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Non-championship results[edit]

Year Event Venue Driver Result Category Report
1939 Tripoli Grand Prix Mellaha Hermann Lang 1 Voiturette Report
Rudolf Caracciola 2


  1. ^ "Mercedes-Benz". 
  2. ^ Thomas O'Keefe. "East Meets West: Mercedes-Benz at Indy". Retrieved 27 January 2010. 

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