Mercedes-Benz W186-W100


This is the book in a series dedicated to the legendary cars of Mercedes-Benz. You will find hundreds of original photos of Mercedes-Benz W100 & W189 sedans, and coupes from the company’s advertising booklets published in the 1950s – 1980s. Thanks to special software that uses artificial intelligence technologies, it was possible to increase the resolution of scans to reveal small details of bodies and interiors in the photos that were practically invisible in the original images.
The illustrations are accompanied by dozens of technical and historical facts about the W100 & W189 cars. The book, of course, will be a great gift to all current, former, and future Mercedes-Benz owners, as well as all those who appreciate classic models.



Mercedes-Benz W186-W100

From the beginning of the 20th century
until World War II, Daimler and Benz cars
gained fame as solid and prestigious
cars, and since 1926 they were united under
the Mercedes-Benz brand.

These brands’ luxury
limousines, convertibles, and landaulets
could be seen in the garages of kings and emperors,
wealthy businessmen and aristocrats,
and the scientific and creative elite.

The pinnacle of engineering and technical
thought of the Daimler-Benz Group in the late
1930s was the famous 770, also known as the
Grosser Mercedes. However, the war and subsequent
reconstruction of a destroyed Germany
set other tasks for the concern’s management.

By the end of the war, most Daimler-Benz
plants lay in ruins, and it took time to rebuild
production. Naturally, then it was a question
of organizing the production of the most inexpensive
and unpretentious models of the
late 1930s.

In May 1946, the first Mercedes-
Benz 170 V (W136) chassis was assembled,
and later production of light delivery vans,
ambulances, and police cars began. In the
summer of 1947, production of the 4-door
W136 sedan family was revived.

Gradually, the German economy was getting
back to normal, and by the early 1950s,
Mercedes-Benz management decided to expand
the product range and revitalize the line
of prestige cars.

Thus, in April 1951 at the
Frankfurt International Motor Show, the company
presented a number of new products,
including the flagship model Mercedes-Benz

It was the largest and fastest German
production car of the time, which could safely
be called the successor of the pre-war
Grosser Mercedes, although officially this
name was never given to it.

Among the important
people who used the new car were
Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, President Theodor
Heuss, Finance Minister Ludwig Erhard,
leader of the Social Democratic Party Kurt
Schumacher, and other representatives of
the German establishment.

But a completely new page in the history of
the brand’s luxury cars was opened by the
Mercedes-Benz 600, which debuted in 1963.
The huge sedan with a length of over 5.5 meters
made a lasting impression.

Many innovations
were used in its design, and in terms
of comfort, this car became a benchmark for
other automakers for many years.

Luxury sedans,
limousines, and landaulets of the W100
family have taken their rightful place in the garages
of royalty, politicians and businessmen,
and movie and show business stars.

Like the cars in the 170 S family, the flagship Mercedes-Benz 300 (W186)
was not an entirely new model. The design was based on the company’s
pre-war developments. In particular, the design of the W186 family was
based on elements of the 1940 Mercedes-Benz 260 prototype, which did
not go into production due to the outbreak of war.

The car was powered
by a 6-cylinder overhead camshaft engine. Initially, it had 115 hp and
could accelerate the sedan to 160 km/h. Compared to the 170 S and 220
models, the flagship’s support structure and chassis were modernized
in terms of size, weight, and performance. The most interesting feature
of the Mercedes-Benz 300 was the electrically-actuated torsion bar suspension,
which increased comfort and safety.

Read the continuation of this story in the book.

Other books about history of Mercedes:

Mercedes-Benz W202