1930 Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK Trossi Roadster
One of the most revered sports cars in the world is the SSK and this one features the most dramatic body of them all. It’s nicknamed after Carlo Trossi who was its first owner and had close connections to the industry. In fact, he had the foresight to be an initial investor of Scuderia Ferrari and later became the team’s President.
Trossi knew where to get the best cars in the world and he purchased an SSK when it was a sports car of choice. They were designed by Ferdinand Porsche and became known as White Elephants for their brute force. The series started with the 1927 Type 680 S and matured with the shortened 720 SSK. They had a brilliant racing career and were praised for their famous history. Only five original SSKs survive today and each is a ‘holy grail’ among car collectors.
While most of the SSKs featured purposeful bodywork and cycle fenders for competition, a few were sent to the premier design houses to be fitted with an elegant body. Our feature car was purchased by Trossi after its competition career was over and he sent it, chassis number 36038, to Willie White who fashioned a body of steel. White was a relatively unknown coachbuilder and he formed the body to Trossi’s design which probably explains why the car is simply known as the Trossi Roadster.
The most noticeable feature of the body is its teardrop profile which is emphasized extended fenders that have accent lines along their highest edge. The split wind shield is well integrated and mimics the front radiator’s angle. The hood’s trailing edge is also shaped to match the rake of windscreen and meet up to its base. Whether these features were designed by Willie White or Carlo Trossi, they were trend setting and later adopted by French design houses.
Digital Restyling: Besides the obvious modern wheel, tire and brake upgrade — I extended the front fender to balance with that dramatic rear fender in regard to length. Also the cockpit was moved forward along with the windscreen structure to make the rear even more dramatic as well as improve access of the cockpit itself.This is another example of digital restyling and design by ModenaWest