Daimler Heritage: TOPICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2009

Preview September 2009


17 September 2009:
Racing driver Stirling Moss celebrates his 80th birthday. He drove for Mercedes-Benz in one season, 1955 – an unforgettable year for the brand owing to the many, many triumphs.

September 1959 – 50 years ago:
Daimler-Benz AG began carrying out systematic crash tests at the Sindelfingen plant. Initially these took place in open air.

Other notable events:

24 September 1924 – 85 years ago: The world’s first diesel truck, a five-tonne truck from Benz, was put into service by Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart.

September 1939 – 70 years ago: Hermann Lang was named German Hillclimb Champion and European Champion, driving a Mercedes-Benz; his team-mate, Rudolf Caracciola, took the title of German Road Champion. This was the company’s fourth European Championship title since 1935.

17–27 September 1959 – 50 years ago: The O322 city bus with rear engine and air suspension premiered at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main.(more about the Mercedes-Benz bus history)

September 1964 – 45 years ago: The first of the Benz 600 (W 100) cars were delivered. This model series became an internationally sought-after representational car.

11–21 September 1969 – 40 years ago: The C 111 research vehicle made its debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main. Its features included a Wankel rotary engine and a plastic body. Two new passenger car models were also exhibited – the 300 SEL 3.5 and the 280 SE 3.5 coupé and cabriolet. The experimental OE 302 electric bus also made its first appearance. With the LP 1632 truck, Mercedes-Benz added the hydraulic tilting cab to its truck range.

16 September 1994 – 15 years ago: Engineer Béla Barényi joined the Automotive Hall of Fame. He was responsible for a number of important inventions, many relating to improvements in active and passive safety.

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