Eighty years ago, Mercedes-Benz developed the Silberpfeil, aka the aluminum-bodied W25—the race car that began the Silver Arrows legend, leading to an astonishing number of victories for the famed German marque.

In its first race on June 3, 1934, at the Nürburgring, the W25 driven by Manfred von Brauchitsch won the event and set the track record.

In 1955 when this pic was taken, Juan Manuel Fangio nailed the pole position and the fastest lap time in his Silver Arrow at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Thanks to transmission trouble, he ended up losing first place to Ferrari, though that was a total fluke and did nothing to diminish the legend of the Silver Arrow…