Mercedes contract, Rudolf Caracciola, 1952 Monte Carlo Rally,with two photos from Caracciola private archive. Also 1951 Mercedes, Hans Liska


The Rudolf Caracciola contract for the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally race, signed by Fritz Nallinger and another Mercedes executive, purchased from the private archive of Rudolf Caracciola (Automobilia Ladenburg, Spring 2020, Lot 1165), with two larger-format photographs from the Rally.

Rudolf Caracciola won the European Drivers' Championship three times, the pre-1950 equivalent of F1, in the legendary Silver Arrows. He also won three European Hillclimbing Championships. At the time of the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally, Caracciola was embarking on a comeback but shortly after wrecked in Switzerland ending his comeback.

Also included, Hans Liska's exceptional 1951 Mercedes book, imitating a sketch book illustrating the history of Mercedes.

All stored in a period-correct Leathercraft breifcase.

Physical Attributes -

Briefcase Measures approx. 40 x 29 x 1.5 cm, leather; with zipper close. Photographs measure 23.5 x 18 cm (Plage) and 18 x 11.5 cm (Detaille Monte Carlo).

Book is a hardcover, cloth covered. Measures 29 x 20 x 1 cm. Richly illustrated in color.

Contract is three leaves. Measures 29.8 x 20.8 cm.

Condition -

See pictures. Leathercraft briefcase has some rubbing to boards, edges, etc., consistent with age. Book is in a nice condition, with one rub on front board. 1 cm spot on rear board. A little fraying at ends of ties. Slightest toning to pages. Photographs have a little curl. Contract with light toning.

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