지금은 미국의 크라이슬러를 합병해서 다임러 크라이슬러로
이름을 바꾸었지만 벤츠라는 이름 하나로 전 세계 고급자동차의
대명사처럼 된 바로 그 차, 회사...
무한속도의 질주를 표방하는
아우토반(Autobahn)을 지배(?)하는 차.
자동차시대의 역사를 연 고틀리프 다임러(Gottlieb Daimler)와
칼 벤츠(Karl Benz).
그리고 다임러와 같이 초기의 자동차들을 설계했던 뛰어난 설계자
빌헬름 마이바흐( Wilhelm Maybach).
그리고 벤츠라는 이름 앞에 메르세데스(Mercedes)라는 이름을
붙이게 한 에밀 옐리네크(Emil Jelinek)와 그의 딸 메르세데스.
이 모든 것이 어우러져서 세계 최고의 자동차 회사의 대명사
다임러 벤츠로 만들어진 것은 우연이 아닐 것이다.
메르세데스 벤츠 박물관은 여느 박물관이 아니다.
여타의 박물관이 과거를 전시하고 보여주는 것이라면
자동차가 현대의 인간들이 사용하는 문명의 이기이듯이
현대를 보여주는 박물관이라고 할 수 있다.
불과 백 수십년 남짓한 자동차의 역사란 이 우주의 역사,
인간의 역사에 비하면 너무나도 짧은 현대판 찰나라
할 수 있을 것이다.
벤츠박물관은 눈으로 보아야 하는 곳이다.
그 많은 자동차의 발전을 말로나 글로 쓰는 것은 애시당초
그래서 말은 이만 줄이고 사진으로 설명해 나갈 도리 밖에
없는 것 같다.
슈트트가르트의 다임러 크라이슬러의 본사--어느 눈 오는 날의 사진...
벤츠 박물관, 들어서면 오른 쪽 벽에 있는 고트리프 다임러, 칼 벤츠, 빌헬름 마이바흐의 두상
아래의 사진과 함께 나란히 있는 최초의 자동차( Die ersten Automobile)
1886 Benz Patent Motor Car
1 기통, 984cc, 최고속도 시속 16Km
최초의 공식 시험 주행은 1886년 6월 만하임에서 이루어졌다.
which allowed the front wheels of a cornering vehicle to turn at different angles.
That was how the new model incorporating this system got its name.
The capabilities of the "Victoria" were demonstrated by Theodor Freiherr von Liebieg in 1894
when he drove from Reichenberg in Bohemia via Mannheim to Reims and back.
At least 381 units are known to have been built between 1894 and 1897.
A Velo with convertible half roof was priced at 2,200 gold marks.
which permitted smooth gear-changing.
For many years, it lay buried under a coal tip in Ireland before being unearthed and completely restored.
It moved to its present site in 1969.
With its debut at the 1902 Paris Motor Show, the Parsifal became very popluar and gained a great reputation.
Even Prince Heinrich of Prussia favored Benz-vehicles.
a longer wheelbase an pressure lubrication which could be precisely controlled by the driver.
The engine an the "grate" change gearbox with four speeds plus reverse gear were connected by a coil spring clutch.
The gearbox was fitted with a differential and power was transmitted to the rear wheels via a sprocket wheel shaft.
The wooden-spoked wheels were for the first time fitted with low pressure tyres.
The highly successful first Mercedes was notable for its simplicity of operation, hence its name Simplex.
Light and maneuverable, the 6/18 scored many victories.
The SSK is inseparably linked with names such as Rudolf Caracciola, Manfred von Brauchitsch and Hans Stuck,
who ran up an impressive series of victories between 1929 and 1931.
In 1930, Caracciola fought his way to victory in the European Sports Car Championships in a SSK
They were among the last cars with the traditional chassis, consisting of U-section rails, rigid axles and semi-elliptical springs.
The "Stuttgart" was based on the 8/38 hp, although technically updated and modernized in styling.
It became the mainstay of car sales in the second half of the 1920s.
The name recalls the memorable record-breaking event in which one of these models was driven
on the Nürburgring over a distance of 20,000 km in thirteen days.
and accordingly only 119 hand built models were produced.
This marine-gray Cabriolet F was built in 1931 for the German emperor Wilhelm II, who lived in Dutch exile at that time.
the Mannheim with a 3.5 litre motor (14/70 hp). Similar to the frame and build-up,
both cars´ technical outfits were altered and upvalued a number of times up to 1934.
The Mannheim (internal name W 10) was a strongly changed development of the unlucky 300, 320 and 350(W 03, W 04, W 05).
It was built between 1934 and 1936 and was followed by the even more powerful 540 K.
The production run of this series, code-named W 29, reached 760 vehicles.
But the rear-engine design failed to win acceptance within Daimler-Benz and in 1938 production was halted.
Pullman Limousine (Kaiser Hirohito)
It has dark red paintwork and bears the emblem of the Tenno on the doors.
Together with two other cars of the same model it was in regular use at the Imperial Court.
which had appeared in 1931.
Production of the 170 V exceeded that of any other pre-war car and provided the basis
for the resumption of car production following World War II.
though at first only delivery vans were produced, which were urgently needed at the time of reconstruction.
In May 1946 the first platform van was completed; one month later the first box-shaped delivery van.