It has always been said that variety is the spice of life, and if you’re someone who loves to have various options displayed of which you could just take your time and choose whatever you fancy, you’re in luck because the Mercedes-Benz W10 is perfect for you. Don’t believe me? Just watch the video below.
Mercedes-Benz W10 – Overview
It started off with the name Mercedes-Benz Mannheim 350 as it served as a replacement for the W03/Typ 350 models in 1929, with the name drawn from the German city, Mannheim. Originally, the design was drawn by Ferdinand Porsche, but it was later tuned by Hans Nibel.
Having displaced previous models from past generations. One eye-catching deviation this model possessed was the reduction of the wheelbase by 230mm, which led to improved control and performance.
Mercedes-Benz W10 – Development
The Mercedes-Benz W10 was available in various models, and I’m going to tell you all about them.
Typ Mannheim 350 (1929 – 1930)
This car adopted the German standard naming conventions as the “Mercedes-Benz 14/70 PS representing its fiscal and exact horsepower, respectively. Following the designs of the Mercedes-Benz W03, this model adopted the straight-six 3444cc engine which transmitted 70 PS (51 kW) to the rear wheels via a three-speed gearbox operated by a centrally mounted lever with a maximum speed of 95km/h, though the wheelbase was decreased by 230 mm and the vehicle was somewhat lighter even in its base form.
Typ Mannheim 370 (1929 – 1930)
Next, was the Typ Mannheim 370 unveiled alongside the Mannheim 350. The car had a straight-six 3689cc engine with an output of 75 PS (55 kW). The 3-speed gearbox was provided at an additional fee, with a bigger ratio, and the top speed stated was 100 km/h.
Typ Mannheim 370 (1930)
The Typ Mannheim 370 K WK10 was next to be unveiled in 1930. The 370K was being supplied with a wheelbase reduced by 175 mm. This model was supplied only in cabriolet body variants. A maximum speed of 105 km/h was attained due to the reduction in the size of the car.
Typ Mannheim 370 S WS10 (1930 – 1933)
There was a different model called the Typ Mannheim 370 S WS10 (1930 – 1933). This car was designed on a wheelbase of 2850mm, with the roadster or sports car versions being the only available body type. A top speed of 115km/h was recorded, and the compression ratio was increased in 1933 from 5.5:1 to 5.75:1, which accounted for a rise in the power output to 78PS at 3400 RPM.
Typ Mannheim 380S WS10 (1932 – 1933)
Another Model designed was the Typ Mannheim 380S WS10 (1932 – 1933). The 380S model was fitted with a regular 3200 mm (126.0 in) wheelbase. The car was defined by its longer 8-cylinder side-valve engine, and the reported output of the 3820 cc engine was 80 HP (59 kW). It was available in a variety of cabriolets, and a maximum speed of 120km/h was achieved.
Typ 380 S W19 (1932 – 1933)
Lastly, was the Typ 380 S W19 (1932 – 1933). Like other Mannheim 10 models, the Typ 380 S had a 3820cc side-valve 8 cylinder engine, but the increased compression was pivotal in the increase of the maximum power to 85hp. It is widely regarded as a precursor to the Typ 380 W22 model.
Mercedes-Benz W10 – Production
It is a fact that the Mercedes-Benz W10 cars weren’t successful in the market, and that was because they were regarded as too large and expensive. The Mannheim 370 enjoyed a little success as it sold above 1200 units whereas the W10 350, W10 370 K, W10 370 S, W10 380 S, W19 380 S only sold 65, 243, 195, 94, and 20 cars respectively.
Mercedes-Benz W10 – Price
The Mercedes-Benz W10 models cover a wide range of prices from as low as $200000 to $330000 in various auctions all over the world.
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