Monday, May 2, 2011


Stuttgart, Germany, Apr 21, 2011

Event: Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 30 June to 3 July 2011.

100 years ago – on 24 June 1911: Juan Manuel Fangio was born. He is recognised as the most outstanding racing driver of the 20th century. His name is inseparably linked to Mercedes-Benz. In 1954 and 1955 he achieved key international successes for the brand, including the Formula 1 world championship title. He died on 17 July 1995.

100 years ago – in June 1911: The Mercedes 8/18 hp went into series production at DMG, adding a further lower-priced, small-displacement model to the model range. At the same time, Daimler’s rival in Mannheim launched the Benz 8/18 hp, a small car developed by design engineer Karl Ketterer in the summer of 1910 in the course of an internal competition at Benz.

25 years ago – from 10 to 14 June 1986: The O 405 T trolley bus, a joint development with Dornier and AEG incorporating an innovative electric drive, was unveiled at the “transport ‘86” fair in Munich.

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