Frankfurt premiere for cars and urban bus

  • Date
    17 - 27 September 1959
  • Description
    The facelifted four-cylinder cars 180 b/180 Db (W 120) and 190 b/190 Db (W 121) and the newly developed luxury models 220 b, 220 Sb and 220 SEb (W 111) celebrate their premiere at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main. The "b" in the model designation is only used internally and serves to distinguish the new models from the preceding ones. All new car models have interior appointments designed to avoid or reduce injuries in accidents. In the "fintail body" of the six-cylinder models, the safety cell with crumple zones originally conceived by Béla Barényi is featured for the first time in a series-produced passenger car. Also making its debut appearance is the Mercedes-Benz O 322 urban bus with rear-mounted engine and air suspension.
Mercedes-Benz O 322 H with rear-mounted engine and air suspension, 1959.
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Mercedes-Benz O 322 H
Mercedes-Benz 220 Sb / 220 SEb
1962
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Mercedes-Benz 220 Sb / 220 SEb
Mercedes Benz 180 Db, 48 hp, sedan, built: 1959 - 1961
88787
Mercedes-Benz 180 Db
Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb from the W 111 series, body model; the curved longitudinal members permit controlled deformation of the crumple zones.
98793
MB Typ 220 SEb
Cutaway drawing of the Mercedes-Benz W 111 illustrating the safety cell, 1959.
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MB Baureihe W 111
Mercedes-Benz 180, 180 D, 190 and 190 D, 1959.
B49151
Der Stern ihrer Sehnsucht
Mercedes-Benz 220, 220 S and 220 SE sedans, 1959.
B50024
Types 220
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