Carl Benz and his family in 1894 in front of a 3,5 hp Benz-Comfortable
A unique treasure-trove covering almost 130 years of automobile history is now open to the public. A unique feat, for sure. With Public-M@RS (Multimedia Archive and Research System), the oldest manufacturer in the world is able to share in the knowledge and memories of the brand and its products.
We just would like to spread the message here…
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Being these days now behind the wheel of a very impressive V-Class 250 Blue TEC, tasting the exquisite qualities of a “grosser” Mercedes, I am truly delighted about the news that Daimler AG has decided to open its classic archives gradually in several stages.
Nice Race Week, March 25-29, 1901. Baron Henry de Rothschild's 35-hp Mercedes Simplex racing car during the Nice-La Turbie hillclimb, March 29, 1901. At the wheel Wilhelm Werner, who was to become the Kaiser's driver.
Needless to say that this opens new and endless possibilities to tell you more about the magnificent history of the make with the good star…
The main emphasis of the new portal in its first development stage is on the passenger car sector.
The relevant vehicle portraits, technical data and illustrations are divided into five historical chapters.
First Benz & Cie. to 1926, then Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Mercedes to 1926, Mercedes-Benz from 1926 to 1945, then Mercedes-Benz since 1946 and finally Maybach since 2002.
10th East African Safari on April 19-23, 1962. W. A. "Bill" Fritschy (start number 90) with a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE touring car. He finished second. The winner was that year the team John Manussis, Bill Coleridge and David Beckett in a 220 SE. The East African Safari Rallye ended for the fourth time with an overall victory for Mercedes-Benz...
Within these chapters, vehicle classes and model series form the structure of the portal. This means that information from the product history and the first automobiles built in 1886, right up to the model series preceding the current Mercedes-Benz model range, can be found easily.
The anniversaries falling within the current year and a separate corporate chronology provide two further, quite important sources of information which document the continuous process of innovation at Mercedes-Benz.
All the contents of the database are edited by the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives to ensure historical consistency and continuity. For this reason this database it is not updated daily – the data are updated systematically, but observing certain intervals. We will keep you posted!
Hans Knol ten Bensel