Red Mercedes wins Targa Florio

  • Date
    2 April 1922
  • Description

    Italian privateer Count Giulio Masetti celebrates victory in the overall classification at the Targa Florio in Sicily. His 115 hp / 85 kW 4.5 litre Mercedes Grand Prix car of 1914 is painted in Italian racing red. The DMG works team is represented by six cars. Max Sailer wins the production car class with displacements over 4.5 litres in a 28/95 hp model, which was fitted with a supercharger for the race. The category for cars with displacements up to 1.5 litres includes two newly developed 1.5 litre Mercedes supercharged racing cars based on the 6/25 hp passenger car and driven by Fernando Minoia and Paul Scheef. The Targa Florio therefore heralds the arrival of supercharged cars on the European racing scene.

Targa Florio April 2, 1922. In his 115 hp Mercedes Grand Prix racing car from 1914, Count Giulio Masetti won the Targa Florio over a distance of 432 km.
Targa Florio, 1922
Targa Florio April 2, 1922. At Bubenbad, six Mercedes cars before leaving for the race.
Targa Florio, 1922