Here are some interesting pieces of history. Firstly a sales receipt for a
180D from 1958. This car was picked up in Germany by an Australian owner
who was on a overseas posting. He drove the car in Europe for a few years
and then took it back to Australia. 40 years later he sold the car to us
with this receipt! Note that even back them some mistakes were made. The
receipt is for a Left hand drive car but the car was actually right hand
drive so it could be driven in Australia.
Secondly this is an invitation to Christmas party in Johannesburg in South
Africa. Many years ago we purchased a 1961 190c with an interesting history
and this invitation in the glove box. The car was one of the first of the
Fintail bodied 4cyl car to be made in South Africa. The owner was a
journalist who was sympathetic to the civil uprising at the time. He
claimed to have carried some of the leading political figures of that time
in the back seat including Nelson Mandella. Anyway he had to leave South
Africa in 1962 and migrated to Australia. He kept the car for another 30
years and sold it to us when he had the stop driving.
Over the years Mercedes-benz have made some very interesting cars, here
is a photo of a test car that measures the road noise in a car. It is
seen here testing a W114 or W115 chassis. This test was most likely done
in 1967 as the car was released later that year. The car is based on a
300d (W186). This was the top of the line limousine from 1958 to 1962
when it was replaced with the mighty 600 (W100), usually reserved for
heads of state and those with lots of money!