Count Carlo Felice Trossi was a very rich man and belonged to a banking family. With deep interest in racing he flew planes, sailed speedboats and drove fast cars. As he was a large investor in Enzo Ferrari’s firm, Scuderria Ferrari, he was also it's President for some time.
It was around this time, that Ferdinand Porsche also happened to develop a car for Mercedes called the Super Sport Kurz or SSK, (the German word for kurz, meant short as this model had a shorter wheelbase at 2470mm). With a 7.1 litre engine giving an output of 300 hp, this car was meant only for racing. It did win few races achieving top speeds of up to 200 km/hr. About 40 of these were produced with only the chassis and the engine after which the coachbuilder used to provide the structure as per the buyer's taste (it was a trend then). A number of cars were also exported abroad.
This particular model was first shipped to Japan, but because it couldn't find a buyer for a long time was about to be exported back. The Mercedes dealer in Italy, C. Saporiti however evinced interest and this car got shipped to Italy who finally sold it to Count Trossi.
Trossi with the help of a small-time designer Willie White, build this car with no doors, sweeping streamlined wheel covers and providing it with top quality coat of black paint. The engine was tuned-up to give a higher power output of 340 hp. The overall weight of this car was 2 tons. This converted model was labelled “Der Schwarze Prinz” or The Black Prince.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- Only 3000 pieces produced|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||12.5 x 6.5 x 5|