Posts Tagged: Mercedes-Benz history

Wilhelm Maybach’s 35 hp engine (1900)
By October 30, 2013 Read More →

Wilhelm Maybach’s 35 hp engine (1900)

In 1900, Wilhelm Maybach designed a completely new engine for the new Daimler 35 hp Mercedes model. With a bore/stroke ratio of 116 x 140 mm, the engine had a total displacement of 5918cc and output of around 35 hp.

Carl Benz
By April 15, 2013 Read More →

Carl Benz

Carl Benz was born in Karlsruhe on 25 November 1844. He attended the local grammar school and went on to study under Ferdinand Redtenbacher at the Polytechnic University of Karlsruhe. Upon graduation he embarked on a two-year internship at Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft Karlsruhe, where Benz immersed himself in work in all departments. His first full-time employment was as a draughtsman and designer with a scales manufacturer in Mannheim. In 1868 he moved to the engineering firm of Gebrüder Benckiser – Eisenwerke und Maschinenfabrik, who were involved mainly in building bridges and steam engines.

Blitzen-Benz (1909)
By April 15, 2013 Read More →

Blitzen-Benz (1909)

Development of the record-breaking Benz 200 hp started in 1909 at Benz & Cie. in Mannheim under the guidance of Victor Hemery. The starting point for the new vehicle was the Benz 150 hp racing car. By enlarging the bore to 185 mm, the displacement of the 15.1-litre engine was increased to a substantial 21.5 litres. The unit produced up to 147 kW (200 hp) at 1600 rpm. The four-cylinder in-line engine consisted of cylinders cast together in pairs, and weighed 407 kg. It had overhead inlet and outlet valves as well as two spark plugs per cylinder. The engine’s power was transferred to the rear axle by a four-speed manual transmission via an idler shaft and chain.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) (1954-1957)
By September 13, 2012 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) (1954-1957)

The road version of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was unveiled in February 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York. Series production began in Sindelfingen in August 1954 and the price was fixed at 29,000 Marks – a quite enormous sum at the time, especially when you compared the new model alongside the Mercedes-Benz 170 Vb – on sale at 7,900 Marks.

Mercedes-Benz 190 SL racing version (1955)
By August 29, 2012 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz 190 SL racing version (1955)

The first sales brochures of the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL included also photos of a racing version of the car. The racing version’s doors were made of light alloy and a small racing-car windshield was made of Perspex. The omission of soft-top, bumpers, heat exchanger and insulating material reduced the car’s weight to some 1,000 kilograms, roughly ten percent less than the production roadster’s. In engineering terms, the lightweight 190 SL differed only slightly from the production version. The modifications included a bit of fine-tuning of the engine, lowering of the bodywork and fitting of sports shock absorbers and modified springs.

Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201) (1982-1993)
By June 2, 2012 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201) (1982-1993)

Mercedes-Benz presented the 190 in December 1982. The new Baby-Benz was a mid-size saloon, designated internally as the compact class and positioned below the E-Class and S-Class. The man responsible for the design was Bruno Sacco. To reduce fuel consumption, the engineers optimized the aerodynamics of the body and also used high-strength sheet steel and other innovative materials to reduce the weight of the car. As a result, the 190 weighed just 1180 kilograms.