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Mercedes 15/70/100 PS (Mercedes-Benz Typ 400)

There is no talking about classic cars without mentioning this rare gem, the Mercedes 15/70/100s. Many people, however, wonder what the story behind the naming of this car is. It was due to the German naming convention at that age. The numbers (15/70/100) simply represents the tax horsepower annual charge, while the number 70, and 100 represents the amount of power produced as stipulated by the company.

Mercedes-Benz Typ 400 – Origin

The plan and schematics of this classic Mercedes were drawn by Paul Daimler, who was the son of the company’s founder but due to some major disagreement about the car’s policy. This made Paul separate and later went to a rival manufacturer which went by the name Horch. Ferdinand Porsche was then tasked with the technical director’s responsibility, and He later went on to complete what Paul began.

Daimler, later on, went on to merge with Benz & Cie in 1926, which gave rise to what we now know as Mercedes Benz, and this classic car was now known as Mercedes-Benz Typ 400.

Overview of Mercedes 15/70/100s

Back then, so many people that purchased this car purchased only the chassis and later went on to purchase the body frame from a private builder. It had various body frames that you could select from, which were:

  • A six-seater torpedo bodied
  • A six-seater Pullman-limousine 
  • A four-seater Cabriolet
  • A six-seater coupe-limousine
  • A six-seater Landaulet

This car’s engine was simply remarkable; it has a spectacular 6-cylinder 3290 cc engine, which has an overhead camshaft, which was a rare feature back in the days. But what was the real highlight of this damsel? it was the switchable supercharger, which was ‘copied’ from their racing cars. This turned the classic ride into both a beauty and a beast on the road, running at 112 km/h – what a speed that was back then.

The supercharger present in this car made it produce up to 100 PS, which is equivalent to 99 BHP, whereas without the supercharger turned on, it could only produce 70 PS, which is equivalent to 69 BHP.

Mercedes-Benz Typ 400 – Production

Before the merger between Daimler and Benz in 1926, there was a recorded production number of about 1000+, but after they merged, they produced more than 900+ products, which was now tagged as ‘Mercedes Benz’ and not Mercedes as it was previously called.

Mercedes-Benz Typ 400 – Upgrade

The merger caused a bit of disturbance, so they had to design and produce a new replacement, which was the Mercedes-Benz Typ Nürburg 460 (W08); this new ride outsold the Mercedes 75/100/10s by over 3000+ though it was overpriced.

Mercedes-Benz Typ 400 – Overview

This classical Mercedes is hugely built yet still beautiful to behold. The dashboard (instrument chamber) is neatly designed and houses the temperature and oil gauges, a clock, and also a speedometer. This ride is so amazing inside and out.

Mercedes-Benz Typ 400 – Price Range

A lot of people may wonder if it’s still possible to get such a beautiful yet classic car in their garage? As of 2013, rumor had it that it was being auctioned online for a price range of £300,000 – £400,000. Perhaps you may be lucky enough and stumble upon it even today. A rare gem to behold in this modern-day is the Mercedes 15/70/100s.

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