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2008 | “Milestones Automotive Design” exhibition | Pinakothek der Moderne (modern art museum), Munich | These exhibits are on display:

1909 | Benz 200 hp record vehicle of “Blitzen-Benz” (Lightning Benz)
The “Blitzen-Benz” broke the magical record of 200 km/h for the first time in 1909. In 1911, this vehicle set the world record of 228.1 km/h. At show events in the USA, the “Blitzen-Benz” was marveled at as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

  • Reconstruction with original parts
  • Engine: 4 cylinder (inline), gasoline engine
  • Displacement: 21,504 cm3
  • Output; 200 hp (147 kW) at 1600 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 228.1 km/h
  • Quantity: 6
  • Production period: 1909 to 1913
  • Mercedes-Benz 540 K of 1938 

1938 | “Autobahnkurier” (Motorway Courier)
The “Autobahnkurier” epitomized modernity on wheels and was a symbol for overcoming distances at high speed and in excellent comfort. This vehicle was used by its first owner, a Spanish eye specialist, to travel in North Africa and later for frequent trips between Spain and Switzerland.

  • Engine: 8 cylinder (inline), gasoline engine with compressor charging
  • Displacement: 5401 cm3
  • Output: 115 hp (85 kW) at 3400 rpm, with compressor 180 hp (132 kW)
  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h
  • Quantity: 419 (all variants of 540 K)
  • Production period 1936 to 1939 (all variants of 540 K)

1955 | Mercedes-Benz 2.5 liter racing car of 1955 "Stromlinie" (Streamliner)
With this vehicle, Mercedes-Benz made its return in 1954 to Grand Prix racing. On 4 July, Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling achieved a double victory at the first attempt at the French Grand Prix. The W 196 won Fangio and Mercedes-Benz the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship Title in 1954 and 1955.

  • Engine: 8 cylinder (inline), gasoline engine with direct fuel injection
  • Displacement: 2497 cm3
  • Output: 290 hp (213 kW) at 8500 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 305 km/h
  • Production period: 1954 to 1955
  • Loan from the Technisches Museum Wien

1955 | Mercedes-Benz 300 SL of 1955 "Flügeltürer" (Gullwing)
The design of the 300 SL standard sports car can be traced to the racing Coupé of 1952, which in the 1952 racing season, won the Pan-American and 24-hour Le Mans race. The standard 300 SL version presented in 1954 in New York quickly became the dream sports car of the 1950s.

  • Engine: 6 cylinder (inline), gasoline engine with direct fuel injection
  • Displacement: 2996 cm3
  • Output: 215 hp (158 kW) at 5800 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h
  • Quantity: 1400
  • Production period: 1954 to 1957

1977 | Mercedes-Benz Design Study from C 111-III
The C 111-III of 1977 was a fascinating design study that served to transform aerodynamic knowledge into a functional design.
The outstanding cd value of 0.178 was achieved thanks to the use in certain areas of the vehicle of sharp-edged design elements running parallel to the air flow lines. The design of the Mercedes 190 subsequently saw these significant elements make their way into series production configuration.

The following year, a diesel record-setting car was developed based on this design study. With its aerodynamic body and 5-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the C 111-III captured nine absolute world records for Mercedes-Benz.

Its predecessor was the C 111, an experimental vehicle that had already caused a sensation back in 1969 with its futuristic design and Wankel engine.


2005 | Mercedes-Benz 2005 research vehicle Bionic Car
The tropical boxfish was the template for this research vehicle, with which in 2005 Mercedes-Benz addressed current concepts on an aerodynamically-efficient, reliable, comfortable and environmentally-friendly automobile.

  • Engine: 4 cylinder (inline), turbo diesel with common-rail direct injection
  • Displacement: 1991 cm3
  • Output: 140 hp (103 kW)
  • Quantity: 1

The CLS milled model
The model consists of a metal support, a rigid foam core and a coating of 2-component master paste. The data generated from the clay models is used to mill a full-size model – revealing the unmistakable shape of the CLS for series production development. At its market launch in 2004, the CLS was unique among contemporary automobiles as it marked the return by Mercedes-Benz to the hitherto unusual category of the four-door Coupé.

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1936 Mercedes Benz AutobahnKurier 540K

This unique Mecedes Benz is one of a kind, The 540K debuted in 1936. - Nobody now how many was bulid some say 3 some other 6. Mercedes Benz in Sttugart told us that they know there build six cars In March of 1934, a new Mercedes debuted at the Berlin Car Show. The name of this car was “Autobahnen Kurierwagen 8-Zylinder Kompressor Typ 500”.Mercedes built the new model on the existing W29 chassis. Talented craftsmen hammered and formed the metal into the shape you see in the photos. Back in the ‘30s such designs were calledStromlinienform and many fans of classic automobiles consider the Mercedes 540K Autobahn Kurier to be the most beautiful car ever made. This car is bulid on a chassisi of 1936 Mercedes Benz 540k ( Owner Ritter von Herz) the carftsmen work is done in incredibil work. (Restoration documentation available up on request.) Some consider the “Autobahn Kurier” to have been ahead of its time in terms of design. They are only 3 cars in the world, Known as chassis number 130898, it was gifted to Mohammed Reza Shah of Iran by the German (III REICH) government and spent most of it’s life in Iran. The second car is owned by Arturo Keller and won the award for the most elegant coupe - Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance his was followed up in 2008 by winning the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este.

Quote:“Mercedes-Benz has reported that there might be a third car” - here they is the thirt CAR!

This Mercedes Benz Autobahnkurier framing is build from ashwood with a aluminum bodywork.