Add a cockpit to a Mercedes–Benz Silver Arrow and it turns into a speed record mecha with wheels. In October 1934, Rudolf Caracciola used this W25 to break the world record for the one-mile standing start. The same day, on a one-kilometer run, he became the fastest man on a public road, at 197 mph. That road, 30 miles south of Budapest, is still around. Traffic has slowed down. (Photo Credit: Daimler AG)

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