The picture shows a Mercedes 600 of the most recent year of construction 1984. If the series is too small, the development costs are also not to cover even by the perceived as high unit price of 56,500 DM in 1964.
Nevertheless, an automobile company like Daimler-Benz realized such a project with air suspension and power assist, because then it was present eg at state receptions intelevision. Incidentally, the then used 600 had six doors and were more than six meters long. Sometimes the Pullman limousine, to open at the rear roof part, has been used for this purpose.
This year should have been started at Daimler-Benz with the development of the airbag. At this time, one already had a long tradition in building highly secure cars.
The C 111 was first experimental vehicle for rotary piston engines (Wankel) with up to four chambers and 275 kW (374 HP), at least 290 km/h fast. At the end the engine proved unsuitable for the future.
The experimental vehicle has been brought out again when it comes to record attempts with diesel engines, one of which consisted of 10,000 miles (1.6 km) with 252 km/h average.
A 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet with 147 kW (200 HP), completely restored with factory warranty for € 320.000-350.000.
It could not even that what today's cars manage, despite his menacing appearance. It managed the 65 km/h impact only on the full width, today's cars must be able to do this also at half coverage. But he had airbags and belt tensioners, the experimental car of the third generation.
A 450 SEL 6.9 liter with 210 kW (286 HP). Though the relatively large engine came from the 600, but it had no longer its injection pump. Their era came to an end and at Mercedes-Benz followed the time of the K-Jetronic. Today (2010) up to 1,000 Nm are possible, at the time the 550 Nm of this engine in the car sector were solitary peak.
It is considered the only real SUV in the Daimler program. Unfortunately, it was also becoming more convenient and above all longer, which ran somewhat counter to its specific properties. Otherwise it has proven itself and has remained relatively unchanged for many years.
This car was typical for the so important for Daimler-Benz USA export. It had the damned ugly bumpers, the special light and was the first diesel engine, which with its five cylinders could meet in approach the performance requirements of American customers. By the way the engine was actually constructed on behalf of Ferdinand Piech, the later boss of Audi and VW.
On the occasion of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the automobile, Daimler had summarized the most important vehicles of the Group in a small booklet. It was present, as response to the question of a compact automobile. It founded the compact class, at least at Mercedes, the continues today in the C-Class.
'C 112' is called this also mid-engined sports car with 6-liter V12 engine and 300 kW (408 HP), good 310 km/h. Here the developers played with adjustable spoilers and the An anti-roll system later adopted in the series. As a Mercedes, the prototype is difficult to see.
This highly successful racing car in the FIA GT series had to be built for homologation purposes 25 times and was with its twelve cylinders, 6.9 liters displacement and 450 kW (612 HP) also approved for the road. In its first year, the FIA GT was tendered as World Championship and Mercedes-AMG won 16 of 21 races.
'Vision SLR' is called this prototype of the later actually realized model at the Auto Show in Detroit. Looking at the middle part of the front hood, it should be borrowed from Formula 1. Technically, the car attracted attention by ceramic and spoiler like air brakes. Its carbon fiber body is still worth mentioning.
There were people sitting at home with their new ML and wondered what this car can really and had difficulties to plan their summer trip(s). On one hand, you can also find on known passports only asphalt, on the other hand you are afraid the vehicle will fail on properly difficult scree slopes.
The E-Class followed as middle series ('upper middle class') the W 124 in 1995. Above is already to see the face-lifted model from 1999. It was to have with virtually any engine of the Group. It is superseded meanwhile, seen from the numbers of sales, from the C-Class.
This was the second generation C-Class to recognize by the peculiar connection between the headlights each side. A year earlier, in the E-Class were introduced the round, completely separated headlights. The tail, however, was clearly borrowed from the S-Class.
Regarding the engines, it stayed with the turbo-charged diesel engines, while the compressor in gasoline engines came first together with the mostly used 1.8-liter engine in 2003. On the side of the manual gear already dominated six speeds.
This car was famous because it was able, to take the curve like a motorcycle by changing the camber of the wheels. In this case, tyres were used which have different cross ratios internal and external.
In fact, Daimler-Benz had to fear to drop back on the itself newly organizing market for super-luxury cars. Thus, the Bentley of the VW Group and the Rolls-Royce from BMW are called Maybach at Mercedes. This was the new foundation of Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl, after having no longer got along with the board of the Daimler Motorenwerke.
Just as the brand was positioned above Mercedes at that time, it still is today. Thereby the '57' (incidentally, made famous by the company Heinz) is for 5.7 and the '62' for 6.2 meter car length. Just Bentley and of course the economic crisis, Daimler-Benz made a spanner in the works, because here were offered similar luxury cars to comparative dumping prices.
The F 500 Mind is presented in Tokyo as a rolling laboratory: - variably positionable screens inside, - Displays freely programmable, - multiple info levels at once, - Night vision system, - Diesel hybrid as a drive, - very light transmitting roof.
This is a CLK DTM AMG, from which hundred cars electronically limited to 320 km/h were handed at customers after Mercedes won the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft in 2003. 07/13