Kling excelled in the W196 Streamliner, finishing runner-up to Fangio on two occasions before taking victory for himself in the Grand Prix of Berlin at AVUS.
Karl Kling was born too late to join Rudolf Caracciola, Manfred Von Brauchitsch and Hermann Lang in their rampage through Grand Prix motor racing of the Thirties, and too early to give Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Hans Herrmann any real competition in the W196 of 1954 and 1955.
Even so, Kling is not to be dismissed lightly, because he was still a major influence on Mercedes-Benz in motor racing as both a driver and, after Alfred Neubauer, their team manager.
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