The Mercedes-Benz and the former Daimler-Benz in the years of the war, between 1941 and 1942, designed a model of a model series W 148 remained a prototype model of the upper class, and should be developed as a successor to the 770 (W150).
Merceds-Benz W 148 than 600 V or 600 K
For the Mercedes-Benz W 148 as a Mercedes-Benz 600 V and 600 K, with the development of the people, shortly before the second world war, and by means of a twelve-cylinder engine powered, should, in addition, it was never out of the prototype status.
Visually, the model including part-built-in headlamps and a slanted pointed was fitted cooler, which is the vehicle for a delicate look made as the “Big Mercedes” of model series W 150. At the rear, showed a built-in number plates, and rear showed lights. The used hubcaps with the large Mercedes-Benz came only after the war, the type 300 (W 186 II), for the first time in the series.
Planned: Two wheelbases with different bodies
Were considered for the model series W 148 two wheelbases with a 3.780, as well as 3.880 mm with constructions as a Pullman Limousine, touring car, 6-seat sedan or as a convertible of the type D and F (with 4-doors or in the Pullman version). Effectively produced were probably the car only 12 Attempt. A series production was abandoned due to the war and its ban for a further development of luxury vehicles.
V 12 engine of type M 173
The used V12 engine as the Mercedes-Benz type 600 V has a cylinder angle of 80 degrees, as well as overhead valves, and a spur gear driven by a Central camshaft. The V12 engine (M-173), was fitted with a Solex double downdraft carburettor. The displacement amounted to RS6, 020 cm3, wherein the Motor 125 kW / 170 HP should provide at 3,600 rpm. The maximum speed for the model series W 148 was up to 160 km/h.
Some prototypes were also made and equipped as the type 600 K with the compressor motor, wherein the Motor of the variant of the 600 V corresponded to, this without a compressor but only 114 kW/155 HP. By means of a switchable Roots blower the model but reached a whopping 176 kW / 240 PS and accelerates to 170 km/h.
Four-speed manual with Overdrive transmission
The drive of the W 148 self was via a four-speed manual transmission with Overdrive (ratio 1:0,713), on which were hung behind the wheels, which are attached to a double joint axis and double coil springs. Also the front axle was coil sprung. Was braked by means of a hydraulic brake system with vacuum support for all four wheels.
The vehicle itself was between 5,870 in and 6,000 mm in length and 2070 mm wide, the height was 1800 mm. The empty weight was between 3,200 and 3,400 kg.
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