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1911 Mercer 35R Raceabout
100 years ago, someone had a bright idea.
About this creation
"If we put our biggest engine in our smallest chassis and leave out some bodywork, how fast would it go ?"

Answer : Very. The same question has been answered regularly ever since, culminating in such delights as the Renault Clio Cup, various lightweight Porsches and Ferrari Scuderias and so forth.

Less weight = more speed. Speed is good.

So, the Mercer 35R.. little more than a couple of girders strapped to a 4.5 litre engine.
This version was capable of 90 mph - the fastest car at the time when a Model T Ford could do 40 and that was considered respectable.

What set the Mercer (and it's Stutz Bearcat relative) apart from other gung-ho specials of the time was it's faithful handling (it's built quite a bit lower than most) giving it usable speed. And Raceabout is such a cool name..

This model of it is an update of a previous MOC, so that it does look more like the real thing - those mudguards are supposed to be skimpy and a bit square!



Here it is from above - that round petrol tank is mounted where it is because the fuel pump is gravity.. the accelerator pedal is outboard of the body for that wind up the trousers sensation and the two levers at the side are for gearchanging and brakes (rear wheels only - largely useless!).

These usually have a small round 'monocle' windscreen attached to the steering column - lego need to make a 3x3 trans round tile.. I can't imagine it helped much.



Designed to be driven to a race, stripped of lights and mudguards, win the race (6 of the first 7 it entered) and drive home again.



This model doesn't feature my usual raft of technic sorcery.. but it does have working steering and, err.. that's it. But it did win Dan the Man's first 2011 contest for pre 1919 cars. :-)

In case you're wondering, the engine mustered *drum roll*... 58 bhp from it's 4 inline cylinders. I know, but trust me, it was a huge amount at the time.. like having 500 now!



This is best thought of as a 100 year old Porsche GT3. And that's a very fine thing.




Comments

 I like it 
  June 19, 2011
Wow, thats nice! Good job on that!
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  May 25, 2011
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  April 3, 2011
This would make a great model team set. What a legendary car! The details are cool, especially the crank-start on the front! Excellent Work!
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  March 1, 2011
Quoting Dan the Man Congratulations ! I've decided that this Mercedes has won first prize for my 'Golden Oldies' competition - it's very well built, looks very accurate, and you've made a good use of parts :) If you're interested, I'll be setting up the group for my second competition, for roughly 1920-1945 cars today. - Dan
Brilliant! Thanks Dan. I'll be sure to enter your next contest - I've got a title to defend!
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  March 1, 2011
Congratulations ! I've decided that this Mercedes has won first prize for my 'Golden Oldies' competition - it's very well built, looks very accurate, and you've made a good use of parts :) If you're interested, I'll be setting up the group for my second competition, for roughly 1920-1945 cars today. - Dan
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  February 14, 2011
Beautifully made!
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  February 14, 2011
Looks great! A Classic!
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  January 21, 2011
This is so cool! It really has that old-school look to it!
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  January 19, 2011
so nice a model nick! and those wheels! i love them,always did, i had some red ones when i was really young, how lucky you are, this car is a beauty, excellent work!
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  January 17, 2011
Very well detailed and designed. A great model indeed!
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  January 15, 2011
Fantastic build. Funny little car--100 years; 50 to 500 horsepower. Wonder if 2111 will prove we have maintained the same ratio?? Of course, we'll probably all be flying by then...and they'll be calling Porsche GT3's 'funny little cars'...I'd add you to my favorite builders list if you weren't already on it! Keep it up, -matthew-
 I like it 
  January 14, 2011
Cool! I think it looks really like it.
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  January 12, 2011
Love it!
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  January 12, 2011
Amazing, has a real retro and a LEGO retro feel.
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  January 12, 2011
Nice to see a construction from you, that is in a "manageable" size. Funny presentation also! ;-)
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  January 11, 2011
You son of a gun, I was planning on making one of these for the contest! I suppose now it's a question of who can build it better. Looks like this will be hard to beat.
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  January 11, 2011
Wow, very cool! Your commentary was top notch too.
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  January 11, 2011
Much more stylish. You don't think the little round windshield kept bugs out of the driver's mouth?
 I made it 
  January 11, 2011
Quoting Steffen Rau Wonderful car! How did you attach the wheels? I only know the 2x4 bricks (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=7049b) Did you manage to integrate them?
Yes, I did use those, cunningly concealed. It's those that limit the technic functions; never mind, the wheels are lovely.
 I made it 
  January 11, 2011
Quoting Jonathan Poll I made one of these: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/1897LeonBollee.jpg Good luck with the contest!
Fab. Can't wait to see it. Good luck to you too.
 I like it 
  January 11, 2011
Wonderful car! How did you attach the wheels? I only know the 2x4 bricks (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=7049b) Did you manage to integrate them?
 I like it 
  January 11, 2011
Beautiful creation, Nick.This car is actually the point where my passion for automotive began.
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  January 11, 2011
Real beauty.
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  January 11, 2011
Woah, that's amazing! I made an entry, I'll probably upload it tonight. Don't worry, my brother didn't help me one bit, so I'm not cheating. ( my brother is Dan the Man, creator of the contest ). I made one of these: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/1897LeonBollee.jpg Good luck with the contest!
 I like it 
  January 11, 2011
Nice car! And I love the wheels, they complete this car very well, nice job!
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  January 11, 2011
that is nice! great job!
 
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