End of the road for the Stirling Moss Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR No722

End of the road for the Stirling Moss Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR No722

One of the most storied race cars in history has been officially retired 66 years after its most famous win.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, No722, which was driven by Stirling Moss and navigator Denis Jenkinson to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia, made its final outing in the Stirling Moss parade at the Goodwood Revival in September.

It will now be transported back to the company HQ in Stuttgart where it will be kept on static display. Insiders say that the car has now become too valuable and too fragile to run at events.

722 has held special significance for this magazine ever since Jenkinson, Motor Sport’s continental correspondent, penned his erade fining account of the race for our pages. Its retirement comes a year after the death of Moss, and marks the ending of a chapter for many race fans.

The car has been looked after by Gert Straub, a Mercedes engineer, for the past 25 years. Straub is also retiring and fittingly it was he who drove the car at the Revival.

Motor Sport wishes both 722 and Straub a long and happy retirement.

Final lap for the most famous Mercedes of all. Gert Straub drives Susie Moss on the car’s last outing

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