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09 Dec 2012 13:33 #24075 by alsancle
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What Bob is saying is true and the "S" should have put up more of a fight in theory. This car was not an SSK (next model SS with "K" for short wheelbase).

The blower setup is the same design as what was used on the later 500k/540k cars. It is very complicated and requires the blower pressurizing the fuel system so that adequate fuel makes it into the carburetor when the blower is engaged. There was a mechanical failure of this system during the race (either from over use of the blower or some other reason) which made the blower inoperable. In any event, the Mercedes would have been much better off in a road race as the supercharge setup is designed for acceleration, not maintaining a constant 115mph.

When using the blower, it reminds you of opening a 4-barrel carb and winding an air-raid siren at the same time.

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10 Dec 2012 00:03 #24082 by Bob Roller
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There have been several attempts at reviving the Duesenberg and all with the same results. Mercedes or Daimler-Benz could make up a few of these all business,no frills cars every year using a V12 that would sell for a gazillion$ each and I bet there would be a market for them among those who can write a check and have the bank bounce instead of the check.

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10 Dec 2012 00:04 #24083 by Bob Roller
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There have been several attempts at reviving the Duesenberg and all with the same results. Mercedes or Daimler-Benz could make up a few of these all business,no frills cars every year using a V12 that would sell for a gazillion$ each and I bet there would be a market for them among those who can write a check and have the bank bounce instead of the check.

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10 Dec 2012 08:04 #24085 by landmark
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Bob Roller wrote: There have been several attempts at reviving the Duesenberg and all with the same results. Mercedes or Daimler-Benz could make up a few of these all business,no frills cars every year using a V12 that would sell for a gazillion$ each and I bet there would be a market for them among those who can write a check and have the bank bounce instead of the check.

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Hello Bob,

Daimler-Benz itself struggled by its attempt to revive the famous prewar brand "Maybach" as a compeditor to BMW's Brand "Rolls-Royce and VW's "Bentley".
The Maybach-production had closed this summer.

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10 Dec 2012 12:02 #24086 by Bob Roller
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Matt,
THAT is interesting. We have a retired eye surgeon here that has a Maybach sedan. Few people know what it is and I have seen it only a few times.Did the Maybach use a V12 or something else.?
Years ago,a car that supposedly looked like the SSK was sold in the USA and it used a 7.5 litre GM engine. It was called "Excaliber".

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10 Dec 2012 13:31 #24088 by landmark
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Bob Roller wrote: Matt,
THAT is interesting. We have a retired eye surgeon here that has a Maybach sedan. Few people know what it is and I have seen it only a few times.Did the Maybach use a V12 or something else.?
Years ago,a car that supposedly looked like the SSK was sold in the USA and it used a 7.5 litre GM engine. It was called "Excaliber".

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Hello Bob,

these "new" Maybachs are equipped with 5.5 and 6 litre (displacement) V12 turbocharged engines with 550/612 hp.

Production is stopped, but today you can buy remaining unsold new cars.

Here is a link to the Maybach website http://www.maybach-manufaktur.com/

I think you are able to understand german language, here is the german Wikipedia-Site for that car http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maybach_57_und_62

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