Classic commercial vehicles made up another part of the exhibition. Mercedes-Benz presented 14 historical trucks, three tippers from modern times and two heavy-duty trucks – a complete tour of the history of construction vehicles of the post-war era. The line-up of exhibits ranged from the “Big Boys” of the economic miracle and reconstruction in the ‘50s, the long-nosed and round bonnet trucks and the first cab-over-engine LP trucks of the ‘60s to the “New Generation” of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The first trucks were fired up - using petrol from the pharmacy in those days - some 117 years ago in Bad Cannstatt, where in 1896 Gottlieb Daimler built his motor car for the transport industry. Just one year later, the Daimler-Motorengesellschaft introduced a transport carriage with a payload of 5 tonnes.