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    Exclusive insights into the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

“Exclusive insights: the cars of the Mercedes-Benz Museum”.

Fancy having a look under the bonnet of a motoring legend in the permanent exhibition? Or discovering the special hidden features of luxury cars, super sports cars and racing cars? The new video series published by the Mercedes-Benz Museum on Instagram TV now makes this possible.

Museum guide Pádraic Ó Leanacháin is already well known: from the interactive tour of the Mercedes-Benz Museum as an Instagram story, for example. In this new format, he takes the public on exclusive visits to experience seven vehicles in the permanent exhibition.

Unlocking secrets: in the new series on Instagram TV, museum guide Pádraic Ó Leanacháin provides exciting titbits of information about seven of the dream cars in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Unlocking secrets: in the new series on Instagram TV, museum guide Pádraic Ó Leanacháin provides exciting titbits of information about seven of the dream cars in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Digital perspectives: the “Exclusive Insights” series invites you to a take part in a very special museum visit on Instagram TV.

Digital perspectives: the “Exclusive Insights” series invites you to a take part in a very special museum visit on Instagram TV. 

Always exciting, often astonishing, sometimes bizarre.

For the first time, the new online format offers insights that otherwise remain hidden from visitors’ eyes: doors are opened, bonnets are raised and the secrets behind fuel tank caps are revealed. And in the process, Pádraic tells exciting, often astonishing and sometimes bizarre stories about the seven cars.

The clips in portrait format 9:16 are between six and nine minutes long. The star of the premiere is the 500 K Special Roadster. The other episodes that make up the series go online at weekly intervals on the Instagram channel of the Mercedes-Benz Museum at @mercedesbenzmuseum. After that, they will then also be published on the company’s international channel (@mercedesbenz).

Episode 1: Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster.

Understandably, this dream car of the 1930s combined the greatest elegance and top sports car performance. But did this exclusive car really only have two seats? The first “Exclusive insight” reveals the secret: at the back, underneath the breathtakingly shaped sheet metal cover, there was a hidden dickie seat. In the video, Pádraic reveals this “mother-in-law’s seat”. In addition to the rear-hinged doors and the opulent dashboard, one of the video’s themes is, of course, the supercharger, which was responsible for the in-line eight-cylinder’s powerful peak output of 118 kW (160 PS) at the time.

Impressive performance: under the bonnet of the Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster (left) was the eight-cylinder engine with the supercharger. An unusual feature: this dream car’s doors were rear-hinged (right).

Impressive performance: under the bonnet of the 500 K Special Roadster (left) was the eight-cylinder engine with the supercharger. An unusual feature: this dream car’s doors were rear-hinged (right).

Openness: the video introduces the interior with the dashboard and also looks under the bonnet of the 300 SL Roadster. While the “Gullwing” still had the fuel filler neck in the boot, the roadster had it under a flap in the wing.

Openness: the video introduces the interior with the dashboard and also looks under the bonnet of the 300 SL Roadster. While the “Gullwing” still had the fuel filler neck in the boot, the roadster had it under a flap in the wing.

Episode 2: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster.

300 SL: this name stands for several iconic motorcars made by Mercedes-Benz. The 300 SL roadster was launched in 1957 and replaced the 300 SL Gullwing with its characteristic gullwing doors from 1954. Those top-hinged doors were originally necessary because the space frame derived from the 300 SL racing sports car from 1952 left no room for normal doors. But how did the engineers manage the feat when it came to the roadster? Pádraic knows the answer and will tell you all about it. There was another key change at that time: the fuel filler neck was relocated from the boot to the wing.

Episode 3: Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda.

What does a Mercedes-Benz sports car have to do with classic Asian architecture? During the “Exclusive Insight” on the 230 SL Pagoda, viewers will learn from Pádraic how the vehicle got its name thanks to the optional hardtop. In the sporty and exclusive history of the SL, the 113 model series set standards in terms of passive safety. The 230 SL was the first sports car in the world to feature safety bodywork with a rigid passenger compartment and deformable front and rear “crumple zones”.

Pioneering: the Mercedes-Benz model series 113 was the first standard-production sports car with safety bodywork.

Pioneering: the Mercedes-Benz model series 113 was the first standard-production sports car with safety bodywork.

Electric sports: Pádraic in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, the most powerful gullwing-door car with the star ever made.

Electric sports: Pádraic in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, the most powerful gullwing-door car with the star ever made.

Episode 4: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive.

In setting a record for electric vehicles at the Nürburgring in 2013, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive raised the bar considerably: it completed the Nordschleife in only 7:56.234 minutes. And what does top performance with racing technology sound like without a combustion engine? Pádraic Ó Leanacháin reveals the secret: the AMG designers developed, composed and arranged their own “SLS eSound”. This created a unique soundtrack from the start through to the sprint on the race track. The innovative technology incorporating four electric engines, a lithium-ion high-voltage battery and a great deal of knowledge from Formula One did the rest.

Episode 5: Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3.

The 300 SEL 6.3 with a V8 engine premiered in March 1968. Pádraic knows very well which of the very special Mercedes-Benz cars this high-performance drive came from. In this luxury saloon, this engine provided the same driving performance as in a sports car – while comfort and spaciousness were, of course, of the highest standard.

Power source: under the bonnet of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 is a very special V8 engine (left). Star cruiser: the top-of-the-range in model series 109 was a highlight in the history of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (right).

Power source: under the bonnet of the 300 SEL 6.3 is a very special V8 engine (left). Star cruiser: the top-of-the-range in model series 109 was a highlight in the history of the S-Class (right).

Evolutionary theory: the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II on the high-bank curve in the Mercedes-Benz Museum is a reminder of the outstanding DTM championships in 1991 and 1992.

Evolutionary theory: the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II on the high-bank curve in the Mercedes-Benz Museum is a reminder of the outstanding DTM championships in 1991 and 1992.

Episode 6: AMG Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II DTM touring car.

This car was a masterpiece: based on the “Baby Benz”, as the 201 model series was often called, Mercedes-Benz developed the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II DTM touring car for the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). The first of these cars were used from summer 1990. The marque won the championships in 1991 and 1992 with the “EVO II” (driven both times by Klaus Ludwig). In the 1992 season, the EVO II won 16 of 24 DTM races. Sensational: the EVO II was also available as a top production model.

Episode 7: Mercedes-Benz 300 TD of model series 123.

Tourism and transport: the abbreviation of the Mercedes-Benz Estates (German: “T-Modell”) provides a clue as to the range of uses the cars were used for. The first lifestyle estate of this kind belonged to the 123 model series, just like the 300 TD in the Mercedes-Benz Museum. In the video, Pádraic Ó Leanacháin takes followers on a search for the accessories for a holiday summer in the spacious interior.

Culture of being on the move: the Mercedes-Benz Estates combined travel comfort and leisure pleasure with plenty of space.

Culture of being on the move: the Mercedes-Benz Estates combined travel comfort and leisure pleasure with plenty of space.

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1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.