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The famous Mercedes-Benz 300SLR that on 1 May 1955 Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson steered to victory on the Mille Miglia is to be retired, and its maker has released a special video to mark the occasion.
It is perhaps appropriate that after the passing of Sir Stirling Moss on 12 April 2020, aged 90, the car in which he claimed one of his most famous wins will become a permanent static display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
‘722’, the race number given to the car reflecting its start time, has been on a farewell tour this year including appearances at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed and Revival, and at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Short but sweet, Mercedes-Benz Classic’s evocative film was the final leg of that tour, and you can watch it here or below.
This commemorative film, shot in London last September, takes in some of the capital’s landmarks as well as references to Moss’s life.
It finishes at the great driver’s home where it’s met by his son, Elliot, at 7:22am.
And, as you can imagine, filming with a priceless, world-famous car on the streets of London was quite some undertaking.
The final drive for the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR ‘722’ was shot on a Sunday morning in the British capital with a cast and crew of around 50, plus eight police motorcycle outriders.
As well as obtaining special permits to film and bring the equipment into London, a helicopter was used to capture the drive from a different angle.
The final three-and-a-half-minute footage also stars Moss’s personal 300SL Gullwing, which he drove from London to Brescia for the start of the 1955 Mille Miglia.
You can enjoy the behind-the-scenes footage here or below.