Birth of the Silver Arrows: How Legendary Mercedes Got Their Colour

posted on Dec 03 2013 by Jade Hensby

Birth of the Silver Arrows: How Legendary Mercedes Got Their Colour

The iconic Mercedes silver arrows has one of the most interesting motoring stories behind it, and gives an example of just how quick thinking the mechanics at Mercedes really were but dont take our word for it, read for yourself...

In 1932 there was a change in regulation for racing cars. It was specified that the racing cars could not exceed a maximum weight of 750 kilograms, excluding tyres, fuel and driver. These regulations formed the basis of the construction for the Mercedes-Benz W 25.

In the afternoon of June 2nd, the outlook for Mercedes team was not looking too bright. The vehicle they had entered had gone in for inspection, but revealed that both the W 25 cars were each one kilogram over the permitted weight. Even though this race was not being run in accordance with the 750kg formula, the team were determined to meet the new weight limit in order to use the car under representative conditions in anticipation of the new regulations.

The task that the mechanics of Mercedes-Benz was faced with was not easy, the two cars urgently needed to have their white paintwork removed, along with the underlying lead layer. After arduous sanding and hard work, the two Mercedes-Benz emerged for the first time in their matt aluminium finish.

According to the old tradition, the German manufacturer was actually supposed to compete in cars decked out in white. The arduous work the mechanics carried out proved to be worthwhile, the W25 was able to take part in its first race on June 3rd, 1934. Mercedes came in first place, and saw the birth of the legendary silver arrows.