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Mercedes and Chrysler their $3billion+ merger and AG/Corporation began business on 17 Nov 98 and trading combined shares on 18 Nov 98; two of my favo(u)rite cars!

For DaimlerChrysler spinoffs, and other news, to the DaimlerChrysler page .

Adtranz. Jan 1996, merging rail activities of ABB Ltd. and Daimler-Benz AG DaimlerChrysler into the railroad and the sale of the venture to Bombardier, 04 Aug 2000, apparently takes right out again!


I have this page and those follow WITHOUT updating I hope to do that soon. (12 Jul

DISCLAIMER — my interest in whil(e)(st) perhaps encompassing, is in the S and SS series of the late 1920s and 1930s; this is not intended to be a history or chronology of the Mercedes — SB,III

I took photos (including excruciatingly-detailed of engine compartments, with ID and dashboards) of S and SS cars (and K, 380K, 500K, 540K, and 770 back in the ’50s. Some of include famed cartoonist and Charles Addams, in his S tourer out at the (Long Island) track.

however, for your great hier ist mein 1993 Collectibles model of the 1932 model LS box truck (4¼/108mm decorated for the most-appropriate Berliner (Morning Mail) newspaper:

(19 Aug 02 by and 2002 S. Berliner, III — all reserved)


[more to follow as I uncover my

Well, I finally (30 Mar 01) located my files and there are great in store; the files are a bit damp but are and I will add fantastic photos as as they dry and my cranky server allows.

[Repeated and revised the main page:] In early I had the incredible fortune to drive the SS tourer that was featured in the of Modern Art (along with the Movado watch) as a supreme of pure functional beauty. It was an adventure and I’ve written it up and add lots more info for M-B as I get the time and inclination. The car was all burgundy crimson piping and spokes and an head (top) [my memory on of this was ‘way off!] and I found my bureau-top photo since the last move) 07 Jan 01, and again missing, as is the post I of it; instead, I located the original and had prints and scans made:

Allston Boyer and his car in 1956.

ca. Feb 56 by and 1956/2003 — S. Berliner, III all rights reserved]

(Thumbnail — click on photo for larger image.)

(The Kodacolor print, marked it was printed Week Ending 3, 1956

had changed sadly the years; that body was a true, rich burgundy

if the crimson piping shows, I see it!)

Incidentally, that factory front bumper is set the rearward sweep of the ends be absolutely horizontal.

Here’s me the car:

SB,III and Boyer’s car in

[Photo ca. Feb 56 by and 1956/2003 — S. III — all rights reserved]

iage — click on for much larger image.)

are about a dozen more photos scanned but not yet posted, about a dozen highly-detailed BW yet to be scanned.

After those are there are about a dozen BW of a magnificent SSK roadster sitting Bill Frick’s speed in Freeport (Long Island), New and two of a 540K at the curb in front.

tuned; these and even are coming soon!

1928 Type S 36/250 tourer belonging to famed actor Ustinov) at the National Motor at Beaulieu in Oct 98:

[Body Number Chassis Number 40637, Number 71808]

[Photos Oct 98 by and — S. Berliner, III — all reserved]

Lighting and access pretty awful and I tried ambient and flash to little this is what you get.

note also that car, although documented as a has the older radiator shell the two uncircled stars embossed on side of the crease.

Ca. 14 Jul 01, on an auction (Adamstown Antique Gallery ), I this beauty for sale:

image; click on photo for image.]

She was described (in 1999) Biggest sale of the day was this Mercedes-Benz 380 K with coachwork by Rossi . which sold for . The one-off supercharged Mercedes was shown at the Pebble Beach d’Elegance. .

On that same site, I ran across this set of of an M-B 770K tourer model as TIP CO. MERCEDES FOR A. HITLER W/ 3 FIGURES $1600.00!

No size/scale or date was

The Smithsonian Institution’s Store offered a fantastic summer on this gem and it burned a hole in my it’s catalogued as a 1927 but is clearly a K dual-cowled sports with (ostensibly) a 6.3l — I got a new set of close-up lenses in the post and had to try them without up good lighting:

(28 Aug 03 photos by and S. Berliner, III — all rights

The model measures 11 (28cm) and is advertised as being at 1:18

The detail is simply staggering, the hood tops and sides are hinged, the front wheels with the steering wheel, the open, as does the trunk

Even the dash, wheel, and brake, and pedals and the windshield are detailed!

(28 Aug 03 photos by and 2003 S. III — all rights reserved)

have to reshoot some of

As noted on the first page, the K differed from the succeeding S primarily only in height, but a huge difference a few silly (millimetres) make! Some (5¾), if this K model is Note also that the board is about even the wheel centers and that the box is very deep. Even the rear axle is underslung, as on the the car is simply huge; a friend’s K was almost ungainly. By simply the S drastically, the very same car one of the sexiest ever designed.

is a good a place as any to illustrate the heights of the hood/bonnet side above the exhaust pipes on the K, S, and SS (left-to-right):

(14 Sep 03 photomontage by and 2003 S. III — all rights reserved)

a similar montage with a K-engined 24/100/140 and a different SS:

(24 Nov 03 by and 2003 S. Berliner, III — all reserved)

[Individual images elsewhere on these Mercedes

If you look at the comparison photos you can also make out the the pre-merger stamped on either side of the in the K and S radiator shells and the blue-and-white M-B centered on the crease on the SS. You can also see how the line matches the top of the front on the S and is higher on the SS.

Under the K model’s running board, if you look under the right lighting, you can out the Chinese manufacturer’s name RICKO .

I took an even-closer of the radiator top to better show the two pre-merger Mercedes stars in the front of the shell and the indentation in the star mounting shaft represents the vertical slot holds the Moto-Meter temperature

(08 Sep 03 photo by and 2003 S. Berliner, III all rights reserved)

See also a K, below.

The Smithsonian also similar 1:18 models of a 500K and of the 1955 300S, but not by

Other M-B Survivors of Note (to

Here is where I hoped to the 320K convertible I almost (the one that got away) and and 540K and 770K and such.

For a mutual friend put me on to neighbor and Long Island Motor enthusiast Roy Jaffe’s magnificent Mercedes- Benz 540K Cabriolet C:

(Photos courtesy, and by permission, of H. R. Jaffe — all reserved)

She was custom built by the Daimler-Benz factory coachbuilder, for A.M. Burden, a great, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Mr. Burden and Daimler-Benz authenticated the car documentation and factory photographs. purchased the car from the second in l963. The car was almost wholly but missing one shock — the was broken. After reading for 20 years, finally found an ad for extremely rare shocks. The car was in 1993 and has received many since and has been featured in magazine articles.

On 17/18 Sep 03, I turned up many of the old photos I of Mercedes-Benz cars in the ’50s and some of the photos and accompanying files were damp and but you shouldn’t smell those follow. Unfortunately, I did NOT find the great, heavily-documented shots of the ex-D. Cameron Peck/ Brodie/Alston Boyer/Museum of Modern Art SS I once drove (save nor of similar coverage of other S and SS I did, however, find the for those and others and have them to a Mercedes Continuation 2. Most of these photos been cropped to save (except where noted). is given where and as known.

I found my original copy of the of Modern Art’s catalog, 8 — An exhibition concerned the esthetics of motorcar design, at the of Modern Art, New York, 1951, featuring D. Cameron SS tourer as the first car* they mis-state as a 1930), but the is covered by copyright. [* — the were: (2) a 1949 Cisitalia by Farina, (3) a 1939 razor-edge by James Young, (4) a swoopy 1939 Talbot by Figoni and (5) a 1951 Willys-Overland Jeep the WWII classic), (6) a 1937 by Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, (7) a 1948 MG TC, and (8) a 1941 Continental. Interesting; of eight three had custom bodies and had works bodies]

Let’s start with one photo of my SS tourer, a page from the July 1953 of the old TRUE Magazine, plus a sketch I made from fabulous Alexandre Georges photo (shot when Sid owned the car) and a pen drawing I on 04 Apr 1955:

(Image from the of S. Berliner, III — all rights

(Ca. 1955 sketch by and S. Berliner, III — all rights

(04 Apr 1955 drawing by and 1955/2003 S. III — all rights reserved)

as I love the works SS tourer, the Boyer/MMA car shown above, the S model pleases me even as noted herein and elsewhere on pages; just for the fun of it, I turned the Art Dep’t. loose with an processor and came up with an S of the Boyer/MMA car (with the original shown for comparison:

S. Berliner, III all rights reserved)

[Click on right image for larger

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Ach, MEHR besser!

At the running of antique cars at the Cup race at Roosevelt Raceway on 19 Jun I took photos of three M-B in the paddock area, the 1923 Indy racer, a huge-bumpered SS tourer (which now seems to be a coupй) and a small ’30s coupй:

(19 Jun 60 photos by and 1960/2003 S. III — all rights reserved)

last two may well be of that I’d turned down; it was in a garage in Garden City west of Roosevelt Raceway) and had a hardtop in place at the time and a rag top which was hanging from the rafters in the extended position, with ribs, irons, and

That white SS tourer-cum-coupй is certainly NOT C. S. Schaub’s 1928 car (from Apex, North back then) or one almost to it. Here’s Schaub’s photo of his which he sent me on 08 Jun 1957, with photos of his ex-Count 1931 SSK, later the Beach concours winner, and his GP SS (the latter taken in

(C. S. Schaub photos from the (of S. Berliner, III — all rights

My old notes indicate that the tourer was destroyed in the terrible at Charlie Stich’s shop THAT was). I was informed on 13 Nov 03 the huge-bumpered so-called tourer to be a coupй, although the lower swoop seems the same, and the 320K is probably a 290 and that the 290 or the 320 used the suffix K for their (Kurz) versions.

Returning a Sep 1988 auto trip to and Labrador via Cleveland, I took photo of a 540K in the the Crawford Museum of the Western Reserve Society at Case Western University:

Elsewhere I have of the M-B works photos but I found a of old, damp, fading prints, mostly penciled on the back, and so here they thumbnailed (click on them for images):

(Images from the (now) of S. Berliner, III — all reserved)

[Thumbnailed images click on the pictures for larger

That last is a giant model ( NOT a K, works caption bodied by Saoutchik ( NOT Saontchik); how, while the basic are similar to those of an S or SS, it is so very higher.

Lastly, I ran across a of an undated copy of an article I for the CCCA newsletter, ca. 1955, I excerpt here:

(Ca. image from the collection of S. Berliner, III — all rights

[Thumbnailed image — on the picture for a larger image.]


Talk about a survivor! Ca. 15 Apr I ran across photos of a model 24 owned my former colleague, Sametz, who took and furnished photos of his car ca. 20 Sep 1971, describing it as a one of a kind, find. 1924 Benz, model 24-100/140 Aluminum body by Fleetwood. cowl, double windshield, 4 touring. Engine rebuilt, partially restored.:

(1971 by A. Sametz, from the collection of S. III — all rights reserved)

images — click on the for larger images.]

This car is like the Smithsonian model that it has a dual windscreen, belt line, four doors, artillery wheels, lockers in the kick plates, and no or bumpers. ODD ! It also lacks exhaust down pipes!

You can see the star stamped in the right of the radiator shell in that photo. Also note the placement of the dual windscreen on car vs. that on the Saoutchik-bodied K in the Moffat/works above.

Ash also furnished a full sheet, which has been on the succeeding page .

However, car is NOT a K model; see Works History of the 24-100/140 and K on M-B continuation page 3.


Chronik der Fahrzeuge und Motoren , Verlag 1956, Stuttgart-Bad Canbstatt own story in words and pictures, with the official DB list of of cars and their dates, HP, and cylinders).

Ca. 1960, a New York of my father, W. R. Nitske, wrote a booklet, The Complete Mercedes about M-B, in 8½ x 11

¼ thick, with a red cover; my copy has not yet turned up. The Daimler poster, Bauprogamme im 1896 (1896 Product may well have been on the cover or as the frontispiece.

David Scott-Moncrieff wrote a fabulous and history ca. 1965-70, Three-Pointed . which, along with other MB references, I have not yet

Mercedes — Where the came from ?, Daimler-Benz AG,

SS Mercedes (Salon), Road Oct 1953, pp. 17-20, with Cheseborough photos of the Brodie

Mercedes SSK , Road Track, no but ca.1953, pp. 24-25, 41 (with cross-section).

A Shining Star , Cars Illustrated, Nov 1955, pp. (great photos of restoration of an SS coupй, one of only three at the time — sure like an S to me).

Do you think Benz will ever me for this spoof

Ooops! isn’t what’s meant by a leg (Hals- und Beinbruch) !

Mercerized . Inc.

Fine Imported Bridge Bents —

to Hold a Lustrous Finish

Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
Mercedes-Benz 540K W24


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