MercedesBenz 180

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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

Mercedes-Benz 180

Mercedes-Benz 180

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When the 180 was introduced in 1953. its feature was the new chassis design one that used sectional side members tied the floorpan — resulting in rigidity and noise reduction. The carried the entire power and transmission. as well as the steering and wheel assembly, anchored to the part of the main chassis on blocks on the three point system.


The double joint axle of the previous model was as was the 52 bhp engine — however to sell the car improvements had to made, and they were, particularly in dimensions — now some 20% Increasing window area the Mercedes 170S by some 40% helped with safety.

Other features that it from its predecessor include brakes, a wider radiator and the of vertical bars on the bumpers. The lines made the 180 look a more stubby than more upmarket models in the lineup. But despite the car filling the model role, it was blessed typical Mercedes quality and holding ability.

In fact, many road failed to realise they had the cars maximum of 125 km/h as the and mechanicals were all so quiet. The 180 was from September 1953 to 1957. then the 180a September 1957 to July The 180b followed, it being until August 1961. The evolution was the 180c, it being from June 1961 to 1962.

Although not built in numbers, particularly when to other marques, the 180 remains a entry into the world of car collecting, however it will realise the increase in value for the likes of the SL’s and 300S

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

Mercedes 180 Is Hard To Fault

By L. W. – as published in the Melbourne Herald,

Motoring little short of was experienced in road testing the 180 Saloon – the first mono-construction car the world famous German plenty of refinement, a high finish, and a road performance the critic would find in faulting.

The Mercedes-Benz 180 proved a Car of Surprises. Behind the wheel, on roads and smooth, it felt a two ton car — yet a check of its weight it tared at only 22.5 It showed the pace of a six, was as flexible in top, and delivered with the satin-smoothness and silence of an Yet under the bonnet it is a mere cylinder, side-valve engine at 13 h.p. Just where 52 horse-power comes from in a valve engine of this is still something of a mystery.

Handling qualities were of a high performance sports car not surprising in view of the number of produced by Mercedes, such as Prix racing cars and the 300 SL coupes. The steering was a delight. Not a of road-shock was transmitted back the wheel over cobble-stones, and corrugations. Yet it gave needle-eye and directness of control. Suspension of the is independent on coils on all wheels. The gave a boulevard ride the roughest of roads, provided stability of highway curves and without any thumps, rattles or under-floor noises not uncommon some mono-construction units.

Acceleration qualities were for a car of its horsepower rating and weight. It be dropped back into top to 10 and accelerated away without It picked up smoothly to a maximum of 36 on a 1 in 13 gradient approached in top at 20 m.p.h. and the lower ratios showed of punch in getting away traffic lights. Cruising at 65 to 70 was effortless for the Mercedes. Wind was at a minimum at high cruising All controls were beautifully direct and efficient. And it has a fuel of around 30 m.p.g. under driving conditions.

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

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