Mercedes Survivors

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Mercedes-Benz W125

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was more fortunate than Union in terms of cars have survived. With the cars were split up and in several different locations the war ended. In addition, Mercedes is in Stuttgart which was in the US occupation As a result their cars a better chance of being as opposed to being sequestered in the of some warehouse used to war reparation material. The Mercedes Arrow cars owned by museums and the factory are summarized

The W25 Cars of 1934, 1935 and – Four cars from era survive and all are owned by the factory. Car 6 105196) is in Mercedes Benz museum. Car 4 (chassis 105194), is the car in von Brauchitsch won the 1934 Eifelrennen. The car is being restored to be driven in 2009. MB also owns 142207 which is the AVUS and another chassis with a body but no numbers.

Louis in his book Mercedes Benz Prix Cars 1934-1955, the following additional information on 4 and 6:

“This W25 … is Car 4 and bears the chassis 105194/4 (10105194/4 is inexplicably on the plate). The car was raced extensively the German Grand Prix of 28, 1935, mounted with the M25A engine. After restoration work was carried probably to commemorate the first but it is regrettable that the job seems to been a halfhearted effort. The on the radiator grille, which was on all of the cars, is replaced by the painted star, the windscreen design from that of the 1934 and the louvers on the outer panel the exhaust pipe are missing. 1997, the Swiss Museum of and Communication in Lucerne displayed W25 — Car 6 (Chassis No. 105196/6) that also had no headrest or Car 6 is the very car that was proudly after restoration, at the entrance of the Berlin Motor Show. In it was again converted into a version, but after the Italian Prix on September 8, it was modified the prototype body, to be exhibited at a dealership in London in October. being returned to Daimler-Benz, the car survived the war, and then in the 1950s or early 1960s, with a cache of exciting records, it was donated to the Swiss of Transport and Communication.”

The W125 Cars of 1937 – reports that a total of cars from this still exist. Considering only eleven examples built this is a remarkable rate. One car is in private hands, 166365/2. It was discovered in Poland and by a Japanese collector until It is now in the hands of British collector Ecclestone. The factory owns the four cars. Chassis is in hillclimb configuration and currently on term loan to the French Motor Museum – Schlumpf in Mulhouse. Chassis 166368/5 is on at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and 166369/6 is at the Mercedes-Benz Classic at Fellbach along with car chassis 190816/11.

The W154 of 1938 and 1939 – Fourteen of this type were before the war started and an additional car was after the war. Eight of the have survived along the post-war car. This survival rate is generally to Alfred Neubauer who believed it be a short war and he took steps to cars so that they be quickly reactivated after the Neubauer (incorrectly) assumed the war would be concentrated on Germany ’s front because Germany and had signed a non-aggression treaty. It sense in his mind therefore the cars should be shipped to east of Germany .

Louis Sugahara relates, in the fascinating stories surrounding of these cars. It is interesting to how cars were located and how were treated. One interesting for Americans is Car 9 (chassis 189439/9) was relocated to Czechoslovakia in 1939, around and drifted around until 1947 when it was the US. It was quickly refurbished by Californian Lee and made appearances in the Indianapolis 500 of 1947 (car #46) and (car #31) but was DNF in both The engine and body were removed and unsuccessful attempts made in 1949, 1950 and to enter the remade car at Indy. The car through a series of refurbishments and until finally in the late the chassis was reunited with its engine and body and faithfully In 2004 the car was believed to be in the hands of a collector.

The table below summarizes records for all the W154 cars but the is encouraged to obtain a copy of Benz Grand Prix 1934-1955 and enjoy the colorful that Sugahara tells for all the

Chassis 189431/1 – Wrecked and in August 1939

Chassis – Wrecked and scrapped in August

Chassis 189433/3 – Retained by during the war, presently for

Chassis 189434/4 – Wrecked and in July 1939

Chassis – Wrecked and scrapped in June

Chassis 189436/6 – Located in on display at French museum body

Chassis 189437/7 – in Romania, restored believed to be in US

189438/8 – Said to be sent to be in presently unaccounted for

Chassis – Sent to Czechoslovakia, restored but owner unknown

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Chassis 189440/10 – Sent to on display at museum in Prague

189441/11 – Retained by Daimler-Benz the war, at MB museum in Stuttgart

189442/12 – Located in Berlin car lot the war, at MB museum in Stuttgart

189443 – Not built (unlucky 13), chassis later for car /16

Chassis 189444/14 – Displayed at Museum in Munich

Chassis – Sent to Romania, now located at Museum Naples, FL USA

Chassis – Assembled after the war, on at French museum

Note: authors use the confusing terminology for the W154 or at least certain of the W154. “The 163 actually to the M163 engine which was used in the W154 for the 1938 That engine was fueled by a brew of 86% methyl alcohol, nitro-benzine, acetone and sulphuric mixed in giving the engine a 2 mpg,” according to writer David ( ).

The W165 Cars of 1939 – Two of this model still and both are owned by the factory. Car 1 449546) is at the Classic Center in and Car 2 (chassis 449547) is at the Stuttgart

I wish to gratefully acknowledge the of Josef Ernst of Mercedes-Benz Communications in Stuttgart. His guidance, and comments contributed to making information both accurate and

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