The world's first serially produced diesel car The Mercedes-Benz 260 D

In the 1936 Olympics year, a sensation appeared at the Berlin Automobile Exhibition: the Mercedes-Benz 260 D.

The public appearance initially took place in the taxi, carriage and rental car trade, with the rather plain but practical six-seater landaulet body of the gasoline parallel models 200 and 230. In this market segment, it quickly superseded the established competition of the long-gone brands of Adler and Brennabor, not to mention the small taxi manufacturers who tried their luck with more or less successful replicas of all possible makes.

To new profit zones with the 260 diesel

Taxi drivers become friends of diesel

No wonder that taxi drivers are particularly fond of this car. The economical operating conditions, above-average economic life of the engines and the robust bodies balanced out the higher purchase costs by far. Another positive feature was that the engine did not emit any odor in the car and was relatively quiet. This led to the growth of a dedicated community of diesel owners who didn't care that the 260 D did not run so smoothly and quietly as the gasoline-powered car. The main thing was that it was economical and durable. These cars were a familiar sight at taxi stands way into the 1950s.

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