1956

  • 24 - 28 February 1956
  • Walter Schock and Rolf Moll in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL capture overall victory in the Rallye del Sestrière. Two months later in the Acropolis Rally in Greece from 26 - 29 April they repeat this success and again come out overall winners. At the end of the season the Schock/Moll team occupies first place in the European Touring Car Championship.
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  • 4 May 1956
  • The first 563 units of the new 190 (W 121), 219 (W 105) and 220 S (W 180) passenger car models leave the Sindelfingen plant on their way to the sales and service outlets and dealerships, where they are presented to the public a day later.
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  • 20 May 1956
  • Paul O'Shea, who a year earlier won the National Sports Car Championship for Class D production cars staged by the Sports Car Club of America, gains his first victory of the season in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in Cumberland, Maryland/USA.
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  • 25 June 1956
  • Friedrich Flick becomes First Deputy Chairman and Herbert Quandt Second Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Together with Hermann J. Abs they form the Supervisory Board Presidium.
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  • July 1956
  • Sindelfingen begins series production of the 220 S Convertible (W 180), presented in September 1955 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the 220 Convertible A/C and now entering the market as the 220 S with an uprated engine.
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  • July 1956
  • The first LG 315 is produced at the Mercedes-Benz Gaggenau plant. The cross-country capable 5-tonne truck was developed for the recently founded German army, the Bundeswehr; over 6600 vehicles of this type are delivered by 1964.
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  • 29 August - 2 September 1956
  • A Mercedes-Benz 300 SL again takes first place in the toughest rally on the European contient, the Liège - Rome - Liège long-distance rally. As in the year before, the winners, this time the driver team Willy Mairesse/Willy Génin, come from Belgium.
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  • 9 - 16 September 1956
  • The new 411 series, which replaces the 401 and 402 series, debuts at the German Agricultural Society (DLG) show in Hanover with the 30 hp Unimog. The four-cylinder diesel engine now has 30 hp / 22 kW, but is still optionally available with 25 hp / 18 kW.
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  • 28 September 1956
  • Three years after the official founding of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil, the São Bernardo do Campo plant is dedicated in the presence of Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek.
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  • 4 - 14 October 1956
  • The 220 S Coupé, a closed-body two-door car based on the 220 S Convertible and fitted with a hard coupé roof, debuts at the International Motor Show in Paris.
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  • November 1956
  • The L 326 heavy-duty truck adds a 200 hp / 147 kW commercial vehicle to the Mercedes-Benz model range for the first time. Initially only intended for export, the L 326 also goes on sale in Germany in March 1957, responding to the increased demand for higher-output vehicles.
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  • 28 December 1956
  • The Sports Car Club of America announces the standings in the National Sports Car Championship. Last year's winner Paul O'Shea again wins the title for class D production cars in his 300 SL.
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  • 31 December 1956
  • The foreign sales of Daimler-Benz AG reach DM 618.6 million, a 21 % increase over the previous year, and equivalent to 37.7 % of overall sales. The company now exports to 127 different countries via a network of 183 general distributors and 1200 subdistributors. The leading export country is India.
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