The first diesel car in mass production in the world
At the 1936 automobile exhibition in Berlin, Mercedes Benz presented its 260 D to the general public for the first time a diesel car, as did competitor Hanomag, who presented the model record. However, it would take a few months before the race for the series production of the first diesel car in the world was decided: in 1937, 75 years ago, finally went to the 260 D at Mercedes in series, Hanomag's record was ready for production only a year later. In 1937 the Mercedes 260 D left the production line. The world's first diesel sedan was more economical than comparable gasoline and became the darling of taxi drivers. Mercedes benefits from this until today.
Externally, the Mercedes-Benz 260 D was not different from the gasoline model 230, which was built in 1936. Of course, things looked different under the imposing hood. The diesel had just under 2600 cubic centimeters and four cylinders. That was enough for 45 hp and a top speed of 97 kilometers per hour. The gasoline engine had less displacement, ten horsepower more, and he managed a then remarkable top speed of 110 kilometers per hour. For the diesel cut in the question of economy clearly better off: He came out with 9.5 liters of comparatively cheap diesel for 100 kilometers, while the gasoline engine swallowed 16 liters of fuel.
As a six-seat Pullman landaulet, the 260 D was then available for 7,900 Reichsmark, which cost 230 less with 7025 Reichsmark. However, this price difference is "made up for after six months of operation by the economic operation," wrote in September 1937, the journal "Motor and Sport".