Mercedes-Benz 28/50 PS Town Car

German-built, bodied in America and named for the daughter of an Austrian-born French auto dealer, this Mercedes is as cosmopolitan as they come, even before its recent world travels.

Gottlieb Daimler was a talented but conservative engineer, his financial partners more conservative still. The backers felt their new company, Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, should concentrate on stationary engines. However, Daimler and his colleague Wilhelm Maybach continued experimenting with automobiles and by 1895 were able to put several models into production. They had five different engines, each available with several types of bodies, but none of them could reasonably be called “sporting.”

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

50 hp, 7,240 cc T-head inline four-cylinder engine (cast in pairs), four-speed manual transmission, shaft drive, rigid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and foot-activated, water-cooled driveshaft brake. Wheelbase: 135"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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