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1. Premiere at the Rallye Monte Carlo.

Whether tarmac or desert, ice or jungle: rallies are always the great adventures in motorsports. They make the highest demands on the skill and precision of the drivers as well as on the performance and reliability of the vehicles and take them over breathtaking routes throughout the world, while linking countries and even continents.

January 1952: Karl Kling, Rudolf Caracciola, and Hermann Lang in their Mercedes-Benz 220 (W 187) were awarded the cup for the best team in the Rallye Monte Carlo. In 1960, Mercedes-Benz won the “Monte” with a one-two-three victory. In first place: Walter Schock and Rolf Moll in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE fintail (W 111).

The Monte men: in January 1960, Walter Schock and Rolf Moll won the 29th Monte Carlo Rally in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE.

The Monte men: in January 1960, Walter Schock and Rolf Moll won the 29th Monte Carlo Rally in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE.

Acropolis: Walter Schock and Rolf Moll became European Rally Champions for the second time in 1960. In that year the team won the 8th Acropolis Rally of Greece.

Acropolis: Walter Schock and Rolf Moll became European Rally Champions for the second time in 1960. In that year the team won the 8th Acropolis Rally of Greece.

2. A rally tradition with champions.

Mercedes-Benz rally drivers are real champions: in 1956 and 1960 Walter Schock and Rolf Moll won the European Rally Championship. In 1961, Eugen Böhringer became European runner-up, and in 1962 he also won the championship title.

3. Successes in Africa.

From 1955 on, racing driver Karl Kling was responsible for planning and strategy as Head of Sports at Mercedes-Benz. When it came to rallies, however, he very successfully took the wheel himself. With Rainer Günzler, he won the Rallye Mediterranée-Le Cap from the Mediterranean to South Africa in 1959 in a Mercedes-Benz 190 D (W 121) and, in 1961, he won the Algiers-Lagos-Algiers Rally in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111). 

In 1959, Mercedes-Benz Head of Sports, Karl Kling, won the Africa Rally Méditerranée-Le Cap with Rainer Günzler in a Mercedes-Benz 190 D (W 121).

In 1959, Mercedes-Benz Head of Sports, Karl Kling, won the Africa Rally Méditerranée-Le Cap with Rainer Günzler in a Mercedes-Benz 190 D (W 121).

Together with Klaus Kaiser, Eugen Böhringer won the Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally driving a Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda (W 113). The subsequent winners Andrew Cowan, Colin Malkin and Mike Broad in their Mercedes-Benz 280 E (W 123).

F. l. t. r.: Together with Klaus Kaiser, Eugen Böhringer won the Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally driving a Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda (W 113). The subsequent winners Andrew Cowan, Colin Malkin and Mike Broad in their Mercedes-Benz 280 E (W 123).

4. The marathon gene.

Successful rally drivers need a marathon gene. This was demonstrated by the success of Mercedes-Benz in the 1960s and 1970s: in 1962 and 1963, Eugen Böhringer was the first driver ever to win the Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally twice in succession, driving a Pagoda SL.

Andrew Cowan and Anthony Fowkes and their teams won the toughest rally in the world, from London to Sydney, in 1977, both driving Mercedes-Benz 280 E (W 123). The winning car is now part of the Mercedes-Benz Museum’s permanent exhibition. A total of four of the cars with a star were among the top ten.

5. Rally anniversary.

Swedish rally driver Ewy Rosqvist achieved great success in the 1960s with Mercedes-Benz “fintail” saloon cars. This year she celebrates an impressive birthday: Mercedes-Benz Classic congratulates Ewy Rosqvist on her 90th birthday on 3 August 2019.

A career highlight: in 1963, Ewy Rosqvist and Ursula Wirth won the women’s cup of the Monte Carlo Rally. The award was presented by Princess Gracia Patricia Grimaldi, the former actress Grace Kelly.

F. l. t. r.: 11th Bandama Rally, December 1979: The winning team, Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz, in a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 rally car. Björn Waldegaard and Hans Thorszelius win in the 12th Bandama Rally on the Ivory Coast in Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC rally cars.

F. l. t. r.: 11th Bandama Rally, December 1979: the winning team, Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz, in a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 rally car. Björn Waldegaard and Hans Thorszelius win in the 12th Bandama Rally on the Ivory Coast in Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC rally cars.

6. V8 power.

Fast, strong and elegant: the Mercedes-Benz SLC of the C 107 series won numerous rallies in the 1970s. The 450 SLC was the first of the V8-powered successes at the “Vuelta a la América del Sur” in 1978.

This success story was continued by the 450 SLC 5.0 and 500 SLC, amongst other things in the Bandama Rally on the Ivory Coast in Africa: a quadruple win in 1979 and a one-two win in 1980.

7. G wins.

Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur won the legendary Paris-Dakar Rally in 1983 in their Mercedes-Benz 280 GE. The “Dakar” covered some 12,000 kilometres through France, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Mali and Mauritania to Senegal.

Ickx and Brasseur set such a good pace that they completed a special stage faster than the best motorbike – a Dakar premiere! The year before, they took second place, also with the famous off-road G-model.

The winning team Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur in a Mercedes-Benz 280 GE rally car at the 5th Paris-Dakar Rally in 1983.

The winning team Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur in a Mercedes-Benz 280 GE rally car at the 5th Paris-Dakar Rally in 1983. 

Rally impressions on the high-bank curve: the winning car from the London-Sydney Marathon Rally from 1977 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Rally impressions on the high-bank curve: the winning car from the London-Sydney Marathon Rally from 1977 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

8. Rubbing shoulders with history.

Where can you experience the original stars of rally history? In the Mercedes-Benz Museum permanent exhibition, of course, in Legend Room 7: Silver Arrows – Races and Records exhibition area.

This is where the winning cars of the 1977 London-Sydney Marathon Rally and the 1980 Bandama Rally bring this chapter of 125 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsports to life. 

9. An impressive rally project.

To celebrate the “125 Years of Motorsports”, ALL TIME STARS has converted a Mercedes-Benz 280 S (W 108) from 1969 into a rally car. Twelve YouTube videos trace the transformation from a fine classic to rally racer “Heinrich”.

Highlight: the 280 S took part in the AvD-Histo-Monte 2019. One of the project partners was Car Throttle.

You can watch all the episodes plus a “Behind the Build” documentary here.

 

Success! The Mercedes-Benz 280 S rally vehicle “Heinrich”, created in the “Project Retro Rally”, at the finish of the AvD-Histo-Monte 2019.

Success! The Mercedes-Benz 280 S rally vehicle “Heinrich”, created in the “Project Retro Rally”, at the finish of the AvD-Histo-Monte 2019.

“Urban Outlaw” Magnus Walker in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing at the Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon in 2018.

“Urban Outlaw” Magnus Walker in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing at the Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon in 2018.

10. Something for connoisseurs.

Dream cars on dream roads: this is what classic car rallies from Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon through to Rallye Hamburg-Berlin Klassik are all about.

Mercedes-Benz Classic and the brand’s own vehicle dealer ALL TIME STARS together provide numerous highlights time and again with outstanding vehicles.

And guest stars such as the fashion designer, author and sports car collector Magnus Walker at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (W 198) are in a real class of their own.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

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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.

2 Die angegebenen Werte sind die „gemessenen NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 2 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153, die im Einklang mit Anhang XII der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 692/2008 ermittelt wurden. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Aufgrund gesetzlicher Änderungen der maßgeblichen Prüfverfahren können in der für die Fahrzeugzulassung und ggf. Kfz-Steuer maßgeblichen Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung des Fahrzeugs höhere Werte eingetragen sein. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch und die CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen“ 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.