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1961 Mercedes 190

The car body is changed drastically compared with its predecessor. Just the front end resembles the 180/190 b to some degree. The passenger's cell is larger and the stern takes up design influences from America. There are intimated wings and a gigantic boot, which should not be used fully. If the boot is fully loaded the vehicle bends down deeply due to its relatively soft suspension and produces a bad over steer tendency. Also heavy trailers are difficult because of the large distance between the trailer coupling and the rear axle. It is possible to order an auxiliary spring, arranged between both halves of the rear pendulum axis, but this makes the vehicle bandy-legged when unloaded. In order to solve this problem satisfactory an auxiliary air-spring suspension is needed.

The passengers and driver are welcomed into the generous interior either realized with fabric or plastic covers, also in the rear there is a lot of space along with a slightly lowered waistline. If you sit in this car you are prone to the feeling of having made it, faithful to the later Mercedes advertisement that one enters a Mercedes, shuts the door and shuts off noise, dirt, and other baddies. Indeed, at this time there are no safety belts yet, but already a stable passenger's cell with crash zones in front and rear. The dash board stretches without central console unilaterally from one side to the other also, because the gearshift resides in the steering wheel. Six passengers are possible in the front.

The trifles of this car are the quarter windows that can be turned with a knurled knob and a very well working airing system. The front displayed above looks a bit unfinished. Optionally, it is possible to order fog lamps, which are mounted below the usual lighting. The ordering takes place so often that they are made part of the standard package as part of the facelift later on, but they are divided and put together with the direction flashers. The unsightly lateral direction flashers on the fenders disappear.

The Diesel engine is not very powerful with 44 kW (55 HP) out of 1988 cm³, and not very efficient. 10 Liter per 100 km is possible. The petrol engine with 59 kW (80 HP) takes even more fuel. The Diesel fuel is cheap, especially in neighbouring countries like the Netherlands, where Diesel fuel costs only 0.20 DM. After the heavy burden of the sales price, the maintenance is much easier on the purse. Additionally, there is the relatively high resale value.

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