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Mercedes-Benz Nurburg W08

Mercedes-Benz W08

1928-29: 1,900 mm (75 in)

The Nürburg 460 was introduced in Autumn [ 1 ] Mercedes-Benz ‘s first cylinder passenger car. model W 08 was by the factory, [ 2 ] it remained in with various modifications and until the later summer of the longest lived Mercedes-Benz of the 1920s and 30s.


Typ 460 1928–1929 [ edit ]

The car was developed by Porsche. who had transferred to Daimler the firm’s Austrian affiliate in Porsche was the board member responsibility for new product development. The objective with the new eight Mercedes-Benz was to come up with a competitor to the Horch 8. [ 3 ] and Porsche’s on the new car appears to have been rushed. [ 4 ] The result was a car with a “overslung” (“ Hochbett ”) chassis the longitudinal chassis members above the axles, at a time newer designs increasingly “underslung” (“ Tiefbett ”) chassis on which the axles sat directly the load bearing chassis The 1928 Mercedes-Benz W08 therefore unfashionably tall even at the of its launch.

The engine was a 4,622cc side-valve unit for which output was given as 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 3,400 rpm translated into a top speed of 100 (63 mph). The wheels were from rigid axles by semi-elliptical leaf springs at the and at the back. Braking applied on all wheels using a mechanical supported by a Bosch-Dewandre vacuum device. [ 5 ]

The car was close in size to the Horch 8 had effectively been benchmarked for its The 1928 “Pullman-Limousine” bodied of the Horch came with an length of 5,000 mm (200 in) and a of 2,100 kg (bare chassis 1400 kg). The 1928 bodied version of the Mercedes-Benz 460 was 4,890 mm (193 in) long increased to 5,200 mm (200 in) the detachable rear boot/trunk was the Mercedes weighed in at 2,150 kg chassis weight 1550 [ 6 ] Both cars had an imposing in this standard bodied of 1,900 mm (75 in) even though the had since its 1926 launch an “underlung” chassis. The cars’ widths were 1,765 mm in) and 1,760 mm (69 in). [ 7 ]

In addition to the bodied car, priced by at 15,000 Marks. buyers of the W08 could choose a Torpedo 6 seater “Tourenwagen” for 14,000 or a 4-door “Cabriolet D” for 17,500 [ 8 ] There is also mention of a wheelbase 2-door cabriolet, it is not clear whether any of these produced based on the 1928 W 08.

The big old fashioned and very expensive W08 of 1928 found few customers, and had to be the next year with a stylish version, now using an chassis. Technical Director contract was not renewed at the end of 1928 was followed by two years of acrimonious between the company and its former Director, while there are that it took six years for to sell off, at discounted the already accumulated inventory of model Nürburg 460s.

Typ 460 1929–1932 [ edit ]

For 1929 the first eight cylinder was extensively reworked by the newly Technical Director Hans [ 9 ] The result was a car with a modern chassis whereby the longitudinal beams were located axel height. This it easier for people to step the car as well as allowing for a range of and more elegant car bodies to be The 3,670 mm (144 in) wheelbase was however. [ 10 ]

The engine and most other details were carried unchanged from the 1928 car the ratios chosen for the four manual transmission. Synchromesh was not at this stage. A newly transmission option for 1929 was an “overdrive” ratio. [ 11 ]

A shorter, if substantial 3,430 mm (135 in) version was available from for two door cabriolet body although as far as is known Mercedes-Benz offered no “standard Sindelfingen body of their own for this chassis. [ 12 ] The standard bodies for the standard wheelbase 1929 covered the same possibilities as the body range. [ 13 ] It is clear surviving examples that customers preferred to buy the car in base form and have a bespoke added by an independent coachbuilder, [ 14 ]

Despite the extensive makeover in 1929 the Mercedes-Benz W08 was still outsold by the Horch 8 which was well entrenched at the top end of the German car market at this time, and in most body configurations was a less overwhelmingly expensive the eight cylinder contender Mercedes-Benz. On the other hand, this model Mercedes able to ensure that the place dominance of the big Horch was no completely unchallenged. [ 15 ]

A Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460 was gifted to the in 1930. [ citation needed ]

Typ 500 1931–1933 [ edit ]

In 1931 the mm (144 in) wheelbase car became with an enlarged 4,918cc which now also featured a downdraft carburettor. Maximum was now listed as 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 3,100 rpm and claimed top increased to 110 km/h (69 mph). A range of standard bodies was now listed including a six-seater F” priced at 21,800 Marks, with two and four door C” and “Cabriolet D” models. [ 16 ]

Mercedes-Benz Nurburg W08

Typ 500 (1932–1936) [ ]

In 1932 the W08 lost the “Nürburg” being sold simply as the Typ 500. The 4,918cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) side-valve with its twin downdraft was unchanged, as were the four optional overdrive transmission, and list of standard body [ 17 ] Styling was changed slightly, the obvious aspect of which was a raking of both radiator and windscreen. [ 18 ]

Despite the same maximum output of 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) engine ratio was slightly raised, as transmission gear ratios and torque. With slightly wheels the Typ 500 could reach 120 (75 mph). [ 19 ]

Typ 500 (1936–1939) [ edit ]

1936 saw an in claimed maximum output the engine to 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) at 3,300 rpm. The capacity at 4,918cc was unchanged, but was a marginal raising of the compression The claimed top speed was now raised to 123 km/h (76 mph). [ 20 ] Visually the cars can be differentiated from the rake of the front grill and

By this time the rival Horch, the Horch 8. had disappeared the scene (in 1935) and Mercedes-Benz of their own 8 cylinder cars had to a trickle. Between 1931 and the annual volume of passenger car in Germany more than [ 21 ] but these very large did not share in the general auto-market of the 1930s. The W 08 remained in production 1939, annual production for 1936, 1937, 1938 and falling to 87, 54, 50 and 51 cars. [ 22 ] The model was in 1939 without any immediate twenty-four years passing the next 8-cylinder engined appeared, the (Mercedes-Benz 600 ) in 1963. its final years the W 08 was the only in the manufacturer’s range still rigid axles and wooden

The Mercedes-Benz W08 was never intended or to sell in massive volumes, and totaled 3,824 cars its eleven-year run between 1928 and Its less expensive and exclusive the Zwickau built Horch 8, approximately 12,000 cars 1926 and 1934.

Sources and reading [ edit ]

Oswald, (2001). Deutsche Autos Band (vol) 2 (in German). Verlag. ISBN 3-613-02170-6.

entry incorporates information the equivalent German Wikipedia

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