Posts Tagged: Mercedes-Benz history

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 125 (1937)
By April 26, 2012 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 125 (1937)

After the successful W 25 Grand Prix racing car, Mercedes-Benz developed a new car for the 1937 season. The new W 125 racing car had an extremely sturdy, tubular oval frame made from special steel, with four cross members. It benefited from tests with production car frames as, for instance, the one used on the 1938 generation of the Mercedes-Benz 230. The wheels were located differently, by double wishbones and coil springs at the front, as on the celebrated, noble 500 K and 540 K models, and by a double-joint De Dion rear axle which ensured constant camber, plus longitudinally installed torsion bar springs and lever-type shock absorbers. Lateral links transferred thrust and brake moments to the chassis.

Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (1955-1963)
By November 17, 2011 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (1955-1963)

The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was presented at the 1954 International Motor Sports Show in New York together with its “big brother”, the 300 SL.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W116) (1972-1980)
By June 6, 2011 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W116) (1972-1980)

A brand-new premium-class vehicle generation was presented to the public in September 1972. The first officially designated Mercedes-Benz S-Class – internal designation W 116 – replaced the W 108/109 series and was initially comprised of three models: the 280 S, 280 SE and 350 SE. The 280 S and 280 SE models featured the six-cylinder M 110 engine with dual overhead camshafts that had made its debut in the W 114. Six months later the S-Class saloon was also offered with the larger 4.5-litre V8 engine in parallel to the 450 SL and 450 SLC. At the same time the 450 SEL was introduced, its wheelbase lengthened by an extra 100 millimetres; as with its predecessor models, the additional space served to increase legroom in the rear. The long version was also available from November 1973 as a 350 SEL and from April 1974 as a 280 SEL.

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 25 (1934-36)
By January 22, 2011 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 25 (1934-36)

A new age for Mercedes-Benz motorsport dawned from 1934. The project for the future was the W 25. As to its premiere, Daimler-Benz set its sights on the Avus and Eifel races in the run-up to the French Grand Prix on July 1, 1934, the second of the season. To win the race in France would have been quite a feat, almost exactly 20 years after the one-two-three triumph of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) in Lyon. Eventually, it was an Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B that actually won the race in Montlhéry, but it was the W 25 which represented the state of the art.

Mercedes-Benz 260 D (1936-1940) was the first diesel engined passenger car
By January 17, 2011 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz 260 D (1936-1940) was the first diesel engined passenger car

The Mercedes-Benz 260 D in the W 138 series was the world’s first series-production diesel passenger car. Its 2.6-litre OM 138 four-cylinder engine with the Mercedes-Benz pre-chamber system and a Bosch injection pump developed 33 kW (45 hp) at 3200 rpm, and was installed in the chassis of the petrol-powered Mercedes-Benz 200 with a long wheelbase.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (124 series) (1987-1996)
By October 12, 2010 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (124 series) (1987-1996)

At the 1987 Geneva Motor Show Mercedes-Benz presented the Coupes of the 124 series. Models 230 CE and 300 CE were the first to debut. In autumn 1989 the 300 CE-24 was added as new flagship model. One year later it was joined by the 200 CE, which was intended solely for export to Italy. The year 1992 saw the arrival of the 200 CE, 220 CE and 320 CE with up-to-date four-valve-per-cylinder engines. In 1993 the powerful E 36 AMG Coupe marked the brilliant climax of the series in regard to output.