On this day, December 8, 1951, at the Schaumburg Palace in Bonn, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenaur, was handed over an executive limousine Mercedes-Benz 300 of the W186 family. During his entire tenure, until 1963, he changed six such machines.
And he bought the last of them, produced in 1959 (body W189), for personal use and drove it until his death in 1967. Such a long-term attachment of the politician to this model gave it the unofficial name “Mercedes Adenauer”.
Today, Adenauer’s last car is carefully preserved in the Mercedes-Benz factory museum. This is a version of the Limousine with a wheelbase extended by 200 mm (up to 3150 mm). An electrically operated glass partition is installed between the driver’s cabin and the main salon. There is also a folding table. The rear window also has a sun control roller blind. But there was no air conditioning on this car, so a three-blade fan was installed above the rear sofa.
Interestingly, the Federal President also drove a Mercedes-Benz 300. The cars were distinguished by flags on the wings. If the chancellor had an eagle depicted on a black-red-gold background (the colors of the German flag), then the president had an eagle on a gold background in a red frame.
Unlike the early W186 model, the W189 had a three-liter “six” not with a carburetor, but with an injection system. As a result, power increased from 125 to 160 hp. With. The speed reached 165 km/h. The Mercedes-Benz 300 was also offered as a 4-door convertible. One such rare car was presented at the Old Car Land 2021 Technical Festival in Kyiv. While 7,746 sedans were produced over the entire period, there were only 642 convertibles.