The diesel engine in the truck there was already a bit longer but for the passenger car segment it was the date of presentation of this 260 D Pullman limousine. Less thought to represent than rather for taxi drivers, where the price of fuel was far more important than the rough diesel running and the low performance of 33 kW (45 HP) for this vehicle size.
This saison had to succeed better, because the previous one has been dominated by the Auto Union. The Third Reich sponsored racing, but also looked extremely on the results. The new Silver Arrow turned out as an absolute hit with its V8 and 435 kW (592 hp) at 5.7 liter displacement. It brought Rudolf Caracciola the second title, which can also be regarded as a de facto win of the World Cup.
The representative vehicle of the Third Reich, the 'big' Mercedes 770 with the the type designation corresponding displacement and 110 kW (150 hp) or 147 kW (200 HP), because of the enormous size nevertheless 'only' 160 km/h fast.
In the thirties, the top German brands were extremely successful. This is the W 154 with V-12 engine and 3 liters of displacement, which brought the car with 333 kW (453 hp) to 285 km/h. The formula did not exist until this year and the car nevertheless won six of nine races and Caracciola the third European Championship.
This is the world record car W 125 driven by Caracciola. Twelve-cylinder with 5.6 liters displacement and 541 kW (736 HP) made possible 432.7 km/h, today (2011) still existing on a normal road.
This is the T80 designed by Ferdinand Porsche, the should be driven by the aircraft engine DB 603 with 44.5 liters displacement and 2206 kW (HP 3000). Since would have been achieved 600 km/h, almost more than the own world record. But the Second World War prevented its completion.
The structure and the engine of the first new construction after the Second World War were new. One remained, however, at a conventional (oval tube) frame. The three-liter in-line six-cylinder developed in subsequent years, for example by increasing of the compression ratio from 85 to 118 kW (116-160 hp).
Pictured here is the so-called hardtop sedan, which was built as 300 d from 1957. From USA was the fashion of a extremely stable half B-pillar, which made possible thecomplete retraction of the two large side windows.
Here the reprocessed body of the 300 S coupe. It was presented at the Paris Motor Show. It is characterized by more manual labor than the sedan and had mechanical more to offer from the first version because of the three carburetors and higher compression ratio.
The license plate deceives, because actually must there be 'O - 002' on it. That was the official car of Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany's second highest representative (according to the President). He was exclusively driven in Mercedes 300. An attempt in the BMW ended with the fiasco that he could not keep his hat on. The 300 series sedans therefore have the nickname 'Adenauer'.
The Mercedes 180 was the first whose bonnet perfectly included the wheel arches, called 'pontoon form'. It shone over its predecessor, the 170 by enormous space profit and more clarity. Connected with the concept the much stronger partially self-supporting body.
The W 196 R with 213 kW (290 HP), there was as a fully clad car for high-speed lines, and as a kind of formula racing car as shown.
This is a relatively early 300 S, a convertible A model with special paint scheme. All 300 were created according to the old method of construction as a body on a supporting framework, what naturally favors the construction of convertibles.
The beautiful wooden dashboard of the 300 S Cabriolet A.
A completely unusual view of the SL 300 from 1954. So you can perhaps understand why the SL coupe had wing doors. The very lightweight tubular frame demanded relatively high and wide sills. There was obvious, the idea of upward-opening doors.
We thought these pages about Daimler and Benz were complete, as we saw with dismay that the 300 SL was missing. This is not at all natural. The postwar history of Mercedes would be absolutely incomplete without this car.
It was requested by the U.S. market, and the usually gets what it wants, because it is vital for Mercedes-Benz in this time. It is almost the only undestroyed country and here is money, to orient towards the luxury. Good conditions for this in Europe absolutely unsuitable car at the time.
Wikipedia says the purchase price of 29,000 DM would correspond to today (2011) about 66,000 euros. Because one may recognize the severely limited potential clientele. This, incidentally, stayed that way with the prices. Just try to buy such a car in good condition as a classic car, then you will most likely pay more than ten times that amount.
The wing doors were born of necessity and only to find at the Coupe of the first series. Because the stability of the car was based on a sophisticated and especially lightweight tubular frame, this was a little high and especially too wide below the doors. The SL had just been developed out of a race car.
This 300-SC Cabriolet had a six-cylinder engine and 129 kW (175 HP). As top model in the time it had already been revised twice since its introduction in 1961. In addition to the naturally increased performance, not the car was lowered, but the pivot point of the single-joint swing axle. It was offered with factory warranty for 525,000 euros in 2010. 07/13