100 years ago

  • 8 February 1924
  • The Amsterdam Commercial Vehicle Show witnesses the debut of the world's first series-produced diesel-powered truck – a Benz 5-tonne vehicle, which is equipped with the OB 2 pre-chamber diesel engine and completed its first test run in September 1923.
  • 27 April 1924
  • At the Madonie race course in Sicily, DMG works driver Christian Werner wins the Targa Florio over 432 km and, after an additional lap of 108 km, the Coppa Florio, recording the first major race victories for the new Mercedes 2-litre racing car with four-cylinder supercharged engine.
  • 1 May 1924
  • Benz & Cie. and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft form a community of interests. Mercedes-Benz Automobil GmbH is established on 30 May and takes over responsibility for joint sales activities for the Mercedes and Benz brands.
  • 24 September 1924
  • Robert Bosch GmbH based in Stuttgart puts into service the world's first diesel truck delivered to a customer – a Benz five-tonner with an OB 2 four-cylinder power unit, presented in February by Benz & Cie. In Amsterdam.
  • October 1924
  • The Daimler L 20 light plane designed by Hanns Klemm takes off on its maiden flight. Initially it is powered by a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine, delivering 12.5 hp / 9 kW.
  • 10 - 18 December 1924
  • The new 15/70/100 hp and 24/100/140 hp Mercedes car models are unveiled at the Berlin Motor Show. The two supercharged six-cylinder cars, available in many sporty and prestigious coachwork variants, supersede the 28/95 hp model and are the flagship models of the sales range. Benz & Cie. presents a refuse collection vehicle in cab-over-engine version as a rear tipper with a particularly low loading height.