MERCEDES-BENZ: The Fifties, Volume 1

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Excerpts from the book:

Mercedes 300 Adenauer
<<<In every detail of finish and equipment the Mercedes 300 gave evidence of superb quality. The doors closed easily with that smooth sound of special locks. And the dashboard and windowsills were in polished solid beech-wood with a layer of walnut veneer. Potential customers of the large Mercedes 300 could choose between seven different outside colors, a large Webasto soft sunroof, leather or fabric velour seats and various combinations of wood trim. It is interesting to note that most customers opted for the standard walnut wood finish, which looked nice, but also a little bland for such an expensive car. British car manufacturers of that time clearly did a better job when it came to highlighting the interior wood trim. Consequently most restored Mercedes 300 today offer a much more luxurious wood treatment>>>

<<<The Mercedes 300 was for the company not just the re-entry into the luxury car segment, it was so few years after the war a quantum leap forward. Already at the end of 1947, the year the Mercedes 170V was re-launched, CEO Wilhelm Haspel addressed in a meeting the need to have a sports car and a representative car that would be attractive to revive the export business again: “What is missing is a vehicle that gold-plates the name Mercedes-Benz again”  he said>>>

What does the book offer:
* the development and history of the 300 models, all upgrades included
* chassis number and data card are explained in great detail
* should you be interested in the Pininfarina, Binz or Ghia coach-built models, you can read about them here
* it looks at the price developments until August 2017 and
* over 150 mostly recent non-Daimler AG color photos highlight many interesting features, this includes pictures of the suspension. And you can read about
* Konrad Adenauer and his 300 cars

A separate chapter illustrates the technical features and production figures of each model. Enjoy!

Interested to read more about one of the cars in the Mercedes Benz museum, in this case the Mercedes 300, then please click here for the printed book and e-book. Both cover the Mercedes 300 Adenauer, its four-door cabriolets and all three two-door 300S versions. If you do not live in the US, please select it from your respective country website of Amazon.
The following videos are copied from youtube for your viewing pleasure. Some of them contain cars filmed by commercial vendors. I am not associated with them
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