Mercedes-Benz Classic: Topics in October 2011

125 years ago – on 9 October 1886: Gottlieb Daimler filed a patent application for his marine engine (German Reich patent office registration no. 39 367, issued on 1 June 1887).

75 years ago – from 1 to 11 October 1936: The model 540 K (W 29) was presented as the successor to the 500 K at the Paris Motor, featuring an uprated 5.4 litre supercharged engine. The model 230 (W 143) was also premiered. Its 2.3 litre six-cylinder engine was rated at 55 hp (40 kW).

50 years ago – from 26 October to 5 November 1961: The team comprising Walter Schock and Manfred Schiek won the Argentinian Road Grand Prix for touring cars in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111).

25 years ago – on 1 October 1986: The PROMETHEUS research project initiated by Daimler-Benz, which aimed to establish new prospects for the future of transport, was launched as part of the “EUREKA” European research initiative , with the involvement of 14 European automobile manufacturers. Various electronic assistance systems which are standard today first arose in the course of this project.

Source: Daimler AG

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