Category Archives: Heritage

Back to the future. The restoration of the one-off Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner

This isn’t the first time I have seen this kind of story before, but to be honest, stories like this one always brought tears to my eyes. Like everything else on the planet, even a car deserves a new life. Here’s one story. Continue reading Back to the future. The restoration of the one-off Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner

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80 Years Since the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows Birth

On 3 June, Mercedes-Benz will mark 80th birthday of the legendary W 25 who gave birth to the legend of the Silver Arrows. The silver-coloured body of the W 25 Grand Prix racing car gave this nickname to the racing cars from Mercedes-Benz after Manfred von Brauchitsch drove it to victory and established a new track record for the international ”Eifelrennen” race at the Nürburgring. Continue reading 80 Years Since the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows Birth

”60 years of the SL”: Double victory at the 3rd Carrera Panamericana in the 300 SL racing sports car

The 1952 racing season was a resounding success for Mercedes-Benz: in Berne, Le Mans, and at the Nürburgring race track, the 300 SL racing sports car (W194) left competitors in its wake. With its celebrated double, triple, and quadruple victories, the 300 SL impressively demonstrated its sporting gene, which it passed on to successive vehicles in the SL series. The racing calendar that year featured a further highlight rounding off the season from 19 to 23 November 1952: the 3rd Carrera Panamericana in Mexico, one of the most gruelling endurance races in the world. Continue reading ”60 years of the SL”: Double victory at the 3rd Carrera Panamericana in the 300 SL racing sports car

Corporate history of Daimler AG, Part 2: Benz & Cie. and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft

  • Inventors become company founders
  • Strong influence from investors

Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz invented the automobile independently of one another in 1886. But there were also parallels in their lives as entrepreneurs. For example, both inventors had problems with investors – the two founders left the companies that bore their names because their business partners became overly interfering and even conspiratorial. Continue reading Corporate history of Daimler AG, Part 2: Benz & Cie. and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft

Corporate history of Daimler AG, Part 1: An internationally operating group

  • Dating back to the invention of the automobile in 1886
  • Decades of diversity and excitement

The history of Daimler AG goes back to 1886 – the year Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the automobile independently of one another, one in Mannheim, the other in Stuttgart. The companies founded by the two men merged in 1926 to form Daimler-Benz AG, which has since given rise to the present company, Daimler AG. Continue reading Corporate history of Daimler AG, Part 1: An internationally operating group