I remember my mates dad picking him up from school in an old Mercedes, it was dark blue and had running boards. I have no idea what model it was or anything about it other than it has stuck in my memory nearly fifty years. It may have been the three pointed star or equally it could have been the running boards that drew me in but ever since that first encounter I have liked Mercedes Benz motor cars. I always wanted to own one but never have done. I like estate cars and have owned several Volvos estates but the Mercedes was always the one that got away. I remember liking the 1980's huge 230 and actually bidding at an auction for one but was out bid.
My desire is undiminished but the fact of the matter is I gave up driving over ten years ago due to disability so my love for all of these wonderful beasts is now from afar. A friend owns a Mercedes specialist garage and I have seen some great cars in his showroom over the years and at one time I had a huge collection of photos of his cars but they were lost when a hard drive crashed. Better a hard drive crashing than a real car. Mercedes have made some wonderful automobiles, since I decided to write this article I have been searching the internet for information and I have seen pictures of cars I had no knowledge about before. I have always liked old cars but Mercedes are arguably the oldest manufacturer I have taken the follow passage from Wickipedia
The vehicle was awarded the German patent, number 37435, for which Karl Benz applied on January 29, 1886. Following official procedures, the date of the application became the patent date for the invention once the patent was granted, which occurred in November of that year.
Although Benz's wife, Bertha, financed the development process, and would hold patent rights under modern law, as a married woman she was not allowed to apply for the patent.
Benz officially unveiled his invention to the public on July 3, 1886, on the Ringstrasse (Ringstraße) in Mannheim, Germany.
About 25 Patent Motorwagens were built between 1886 and 1893.
I know many early car manufacturers experimented with electric powered vehicles but the Internal combustion engine won the day. It was to be around 100 years later that Mercedes were to experiment with electric power units. And as I am writing this the first electric cars are making the headlines in America AutoBlog are reviewing a B-Class Electric Drive and Mercedes are grabbing the green headlines as we all know petrol is not going to last forever.
Mercedes have come a long way since 1886 and are leaders in both car and commercial vehicle design and manufacture. Many car makers have come and gone in that time but Mercedes has remained at the vanguard of motor design and manufacture and hopefully they will continue for another one hundred years.