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Project 39 of 40

Following the formation of Daimler-Benz in 1926, the MERCEDES-BENZ brand name was first used on the Type-S. Otherwise known as the 26/120/180 model, it was a derivative of the K Series. It was released as a sporty elegant car and was expensive, fast and exhilarating to drive, epitomising the magnificence of the vintage era. Only 146 were produced.

This car is a 1929 model fitted with a Tourenwagen – meaning ‘open tourer’ – body style, built on what was known as the W06 long chassis. Front and rear axles are suspended on semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel cable-operated drum brakes are fitted.

The engine was originally developed by Dr Ferdinand Porsche and is a 6,8-litre in-line six-cylinder with dual ignition and a driver-selectable Roots-type supercharger. It developed 90 kilowatts unsupercharged and 134 at 3000 revs per minute when the blower was engaged. Peak torque was 430 Newton.metres. Fitted with a four-speed gearbox, maximum speed was 170 kilometres per hour.



Year 1929
Country of Origin Germany
Engine Type 6 cylinder OHC
Power Output 180 BHP or 134 kW (when compressed)
Transmission Type 4 speed manual
Braking System disc brakes all round
Top speed 176 km/h