A wild dragon named Smoky.
After only the first kilometre of its test drive, the Mercedes-Benz 170 V, series W 136, was puffing out smoke like an angry dragon. “We were so excited about having our own that we had forgotten to top up the water.” Rudolph Meindl remembers. “That’s how the car came to be dubbed ‘Smoky’. It wasn’t to be the last time that the young lads, automobile novices all, would push Smoky to the limit. “We drove him to extremes, and as a result he drove us a long way!”