Built in the in the tradition of Briggs Cunningham's famous BuMerc, the alloy-bodied "Special Roadster" presented here must be one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of all time!
Combining style elements of a high-end Hot Rod with those of the legendary Mercedes W196 Silberpfeil (Silver Arrow) Grand Prix cars, the CadMerc is every bit as unique and exciting as Max Balchowsky's "Old Yeller."
But this "Special" is special in more ways than one. Just for starters, its hand-hammered aluminum body is a work of art: up front it looks very much like a vintage Indy racer; out back it appears extremely strong and masculine, almost fortress-like!
Most importantly, the CadMerc is titled as a 1955 Mercedes-Benz and thus eligible for period license plates and collector car insurance.
Equipped with a beautiful, Duvall-inspired windshield plus fold-down dual Brooklands screens, chrome wire wheels shod with brand new, super tall, gum dipped Firestones, and a perfect, dark blue Mercedes leather interior, the CadMerc also features an array of mindboggling details, such as an engine-turned dash with aircraft-inspired gauges, aluminum shift gate, sprint car steering wheel, and old racing badges.
The CadMerc's armardillo-like rear shell reveals gull wings that give access to a midship-mounted, 500 cubic inch Cadillac V8 engine! While this power plant is nearly as powerful as Mercedes' Kompressor Motoren of the late 1930s, the US mill delivers unmatched reliability.
Well, looking like an escapee from Der Führer's Rekordfahrten trials held on the Autobahn, you may perhaps wonder what it's like driving this lightweight roadster. Is it even streetable?
You bet it is!
The CadMerc starts, idles, runs, drives, shifts, steers, and handles excellently. With the exception of the clock, all the gauges and lights work flawlessly, even the turn signals and the horn. Modern conveniences like rack-and-pinion steering, power disc brakes all around (with manually adjustable proportioning valve), aluminum radiator with electric cooling fan, an integrated roll structure, a fuel cell, and seat belts have all been added to make the CadMerc driving experience a fun and safe one!
The only known CadMerc on the planet, this hand-crafted, alloy-bodied open-wheel roadster is impossible to duplicate. It's a truly priceless car, in a league of its own, and certainly more fun to own than a rod or replica of any kind. Gone through with a fine-tooth comb, it is ready for show and go.
Try to imagine how much the CadMerc could bring at the Monterey Sports Car Auctions in August or at Barrett-Jackson next January?
Our best guess: the sky's the limit!