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MERCEDES BENZ Typ 230, 260 D Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 7
First production year: 1936
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel
 

1938 - 1943

When Mercedes-Benz introduced the Typ 230 N in 1937, it understood that it had made a terrible mistake by launching a long car based on a too short wheelbase vehicle, which led to a long rear overhang. The carmaker fixed that mistake in 1938 when it brought the Typ 230. Mercedes-Benz didn't want to make any compromise and thought that the N-version could work well. But, unfortunately, th...

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  MERCEDES BENZ Typ 230 (W153) 230

1937

Mercedes-Benz replaced the N21 model in 1937 with the Typ 230 N, W143 model to make the car attractive for more people, but it was hardly a successful vehicle. Mercedes-Benz introduced the Typ 230 N on the same chassis as its predecessor and with the same wheelbase, but the bodywork was longer. That led to a somehow disproportionate design with a very long rear overhang. The German carmaker r...

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  MERCEDES BENZ Typ 230 N Limousine (W143) 230

1937

Mercedes-Benz introduced a facelift for the Typ 230 at the International Motor and Motorcycle Show in Berlin and built the car in two wheelbase options: N and L. While the N stood for Normal wheelbase, the L stood for the long-wheelbase version. Although those times, official records didn't refer to them as N or L. That differentiation came later. While the more extended version enjoyed ...

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  MERCEDES BENZ Typ 230 N Cabriolet C (W143) 230

1937 - 1941

After successfully introducing the new Typ 230 based on the W143 platform in 1936, Mercedes-Benz made another step in 1937 and unveiled the Cabriolet B version. Since both cars were based on the same platform, it was natural that they shared some major components. Thus, besides the powertrain, the carmaker carried over bodywork and interior parts from the main sedan version. But there were al...

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1937

Mercedes-Benz introduced the Type 230 as a long-wheelbase Type 200 and evolved into one of the most successful ranges before WWII, and the Cabriolet D had unique merit for that. Just a year after the W143 Series was introduced, Daimler-Benz came with a facelifted version for the entire lineup. That brought a slightly modified pinned-out radiator, and new headlights mounted directly on the fro...

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1936 - 1940

In February 1936 at the Berlin Motor Show, Daimler-Benz presented the 260 D in the form of a six-seater Pullman landaulet, 13 units of which had been built since July 1935. At the same show, there was the Hanomag Rekord, another diesel-engined passenger car, although this did not go into series production until 1938. Consequently, the 260 D was the world's first series-produced diesel-en...

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1936 - 1937

Mercedes-Benz introduced the Type 230 as a long-wheelbase version for the Type 200 in 1936 as a four-door sedan or top-cabriolet. While the Hindenburg airship took its maiden flight in March 1936, creating a direct flight connection between Germany and the U.S., on the ground, Mercedes-Benz was stronger than ever. It introduced the W143 model in May. Despite the economic depression, the carma...

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