Surprising Historical Facts Mercedes Benz Fans Need To Know About


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Mercedes Benz is a prestigious brand that is dominating the automotive sector. From its inception until today, the cars manufactured are elegant stylish and offer remarkable standard of performance. As a fan of Mercedes Benz, you must be aware of the auto manufacturers intriguing history.

  • In 1886, German engineer designed world’s first car by Karl Benz. He was responsible to create first vehicle with gas engine operation and had a simple name called ‘Cars’l.

  • ‘Patent Motorwagen’ was the name given to his first car, which was submitted for patent application. It had 3-wheels and a steel tube frame with wooden panels. It operated in a small gas powered engine with an output of 2 to 3 horsepower and maximum speed 400 rpm.
  • Bertha took world’s 1st road trip in the Motorwagen with her two sons – Richard and Eugen. Road trip was from Mannheim to Pforzheim that is of 120 miles. It was short as there were no gas stations at that time. The small group stopped at a pharmacy, so as to buy ligroin petroleum ether for using as fuel.
  • First modern car carried Mercedes name was 35HP model, whose designer was Wilhelm Maybech. In March 1901, Mercedes 35HP appeared at Nice Week races. Werner, who is regarded as motorsport pioneers chauffeured the car and had won Nice-La Turbie climb.

  • Mercedes was daughter of Emil Jellinek, an Austrian businessman very interested in performance and speed. He was a fan of Daimler race cars. When Daimler offered him a race car named ‘Phoenix 28HP’, Emil changed its name and called it ‘Mercedes’. He believed that his daughter’s name will bring good fortune.
  • In 1925, DMG and Benz registered a new shared logo – Benz’s laurel wreath surrounding Daimler’s Mercedes star. The official merger got effective in 1926. From this moment the Trademark Mercedes-Benz developed and is used till this day.
  • The 3-point stars represent mobility in air, land, and water because company desired to prosper in these three fronts.
  • In 1900, a Mercedes Benz hybrid vehicle was in line up called ‘Mixte’. It featured a gas engine and dynamo, which conveyed electricity to the hub motors mounted on wheels. Engine generated 30 to 55hp and dynamo were employed in fire trucks and commercial vehicles.
  • In 1932, Mercedes 170 featured first 4-wheel independent suspension and was equipped with innovative hydraulic braking system, which set new performance and safety standards.

  • Mercedes Benz cars were left with simple, silver aluminum bodywork because in 1934 race car W25 was 1 kg more than laws permitted. The engineers had to remove paint, so as to shed excessive weight. Therefore today, Mercedes vehicles feature carbon fiber with metallic silver paint as tribute to this little history.

When you visit Mercedes dealership, the above facts will be visible in the brands two centuries of determination and success.

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