1963

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  • 14 - 24 March 1963
  • The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL (W 113) is presented at the Geneva Motor Show to replace the 300 SL and 190 SL sports cars. This is the world's first sports car to feature the safety bodywork developed by Béla Barényi. Its hardtop has a concave roof line which leads to it being called the "Pagoda SL". The new SL is the first Mercedes-Benz car fitted with a dual-circuit brake system as standard. Another new product on show in Geneva is a version the 300 SE with 10-cm-longer wheelbase, which establishes the tradition of long-wheelbase S-Class saloons.
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  • 4 - 7 July 1963
  • The Eugen Böhringer/Klaus Kaiser driver team takes victory in the German Rally in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE, with Dieter Glemser and Martin Braungart finishing second in their Mercedes-Benz 220 SE. Glemser/Braungart go on to win the Poland Rally from 31 July - 4 August in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE.
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  • July 1963
  • The 300 SE long presented in March is available as an optional extra with a vacuum-controlled central locking system that simultaneously locks all doors, the boot and the filler cap. From November 1964 the convenience feature is also offered for the other luxury models of Mercedes-Benz.
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  • July 1963
  • The newly founded subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau GmbH takes over the production facilities and workforce of Porsche-Diesel-Motorenbau GmbH in Friedrichshafen-Manzell. August sees production start-up of the first MB 833, 837 and 838 heavy-duty engine series relocated from Untertürkheim.
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  • 6 August 1963
  • Models 220, 220 S, 220 SE and 300 SE get a dual-circuit brake system as introduced in March for the 230 SL. In addition, the 220 is upgraded with disc brakes on the front wheels.
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  • 27 - 31 August 1963
  • Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser win the overall classification in the long-distance Spa - Sofia - Liège Rally at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 230 SL. This is the second time Böhringer has won this gruelling event.
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  • 12 - 22 September 1963
  • Mercedes-Benz unveils a new prestige car at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt – the 600 Grand Mercedes (W 100). This top-of-the-line model, fitted as standard with numerous technical highlights, is available either as a 5/6-seater standard saloon or a 7/8-seat Pullman. Daimler-Benz AG also uses the occasion to present the LP 1620 truck series. The cab-over-engine (COE) trucks of the new generation of heavy-duty commercial vehicles are distinguished by an underfloor engine and the completely new "cubic" driver's cab. Another new product is the L 2220, the first heavy three-axle truck from Mercedes-Benz since the start of post-war production.
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  • September 1963
  • New model designations are introduced for the entire Mercedes-Benz truck range in place of the design numbers used since 1954. The L 338 thus becomes the L 1418, the L 319 D becomes the L 405. The last two digits indicate the rounded engine output; the one or two digits preceding them stand for the permissible gross vehicle weight. Accordingly, the L 1418 is identifiable as a truck with approx. 180 hp / 132 kW and a gross weight of 14 tonnes.
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  • 23 October - 2 November 1963
  • Mercedes-Benz driver teams occupy the first four places at the Touring Car Grand Prix of Argentina: the race is won by Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser in a 300 SE, followed by the 300 SE of Dieter Glemser and Martin Braungart in second place. Ewy Rosqvist and Ursula Wirth take third place in a 220 SE and Bordeu and Winter finish fourth in their 300 SE.
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