1922

  • 11 March 1922
  • Retrospective to 1 January, Benz & Cie. sells its stationary engine production department to a Berlin-based finance group. The hived-off company, headed by Prosper L’Orange, trades under the name of Motorenwerke Mannheim AG, vormals Benz, Abteilung stationärer Motorenbau (Mannheim Engine Works, formerly Benz, Stationary Engine Production Department).
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  • 2 April 1922
  • Italian privateer Count Giulio Masetti celebrates victory in the overall classification at the Targa Florio in Sicily. His 115 hp / 85 kW 4.5-litre Mercedes Grand Prix car of 1914 is painted in Italian racing red. The DMG works team is represented by six cars. Max Sailer wins the production car class with displacements over 4.5 litres in a 28/95 hp model, which was fitted with a supercharger for the race. The category for cars with displacements up to 1.5 litres includes two newly developed 1.5-litre Mercedes supercharged racing cars based on the 6/25 hp passenger car and driven by Fernando Minoia and Paul Scheef. The Targa Florio therefore heralds the arrival of supercharged cars on the European racing scene.
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  • 8 June 1922
  • The Benz & Cie. Board of Management commissions an initial test series for pre-chamber diesel engines. The two-cylinder four-stroke engines produce 25 hp / 18 kW at 800 rpm and are fitted into three Benz-Sendling S 6 motorised ploughs. Testing is so successful that on 6 March 1923 the decision is taken to produce a series of 100 units.
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  • 12 September 1922
  • With a memorandum entitled "Light aircraft as general means of transport and sport apparatus", Hanns Klemm, head of body production at the DMG plant in Sindelfingen, initiates the development and production of light planes at DMG. Work resumes on the L 15, designed by Klemm after the First World War.
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  • 5 December 1922
  • In an Extraordinary Meeting of the Board of Management, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft decides to relocate its headquarters from Untertürkheim to Berlin for tax reasons.
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