1964

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  • 12 - 22 March 1964
  • A revised range of commercial vehicles is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The most important new additions are the OM 352 and OM 346 diesel engines, which are the first Daimler-Benz power units to work with a direct injection system and replace the OM 322 and OM 326 pre-chamber diesel engines. The pre-combustion principle – developed at Benz & Cie. – is somewhat smoother-running and thus remains an indispensable component of diesel engines in passenger cars for decades to come. In the commercial vehicle sector, on the other hand, the direct injection concept becomes the dominant force, the many years of development work having generated significant benefits in terms of fuel consumption and mileage.
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  • 21 June 1964
  • Eugen Böhringer and Dieter Glemser win overall victory in the six-hour race on the Nürburgring, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE at an average speed of 127.2 km/h.
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  • 25/26 July 1964
  • Robert Crevits and Gustave Gosselin drive a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE to victory in the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The Belgian team attains an average speed of 164.875 km/h.
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  • September 1964
  • The first Mercedes-Benz 600 (W 100) cars are delivered. The new Grand Mercedes is launched in both a saloon variant with standard wheelbase and a four-door Pullman version with a vis-à-vis rear seat bench. A third variant, a six-door Pullman limousine with folding seats in front of the rear seat bench, is also presented. The 600 is the first Mercedes-Benz production passenger car to be equipped with a V8 engine, the 250 hp / 184 kW M 100 unit with a 6.3-litre displacement.
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  • 28 October - 7 November 1964
  • Following on from their success the previous year, the driver team of Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser pilot their Mercedes-Benz 300 SE to victory in the Touring Car Grand Prix of Argentina once again. The Dieter Glemser/Martin Braungart and Ewy von Korff-Rosqvist/Ursula Falk pairings take second and third places respectively, also at the wheel of the 300 SE. Mercedes-Benz thus claims its fourth straight win in the world's toughest endurance race.
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  • 14 November 1964
  • Eugen Böhringer wins the Macao Touring Car Grand Prix in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE, averaging a speed of 105.2 km/h.
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