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In 1934/35, some variations of the Kübelwagen were manufactured. With the military failing to show any enthusiasm for this product, a civil variant called the "Reichsautobahn" was built in the form of an open two-door tourer with externally mounted folding spade and other useful accessories.
With an axle load distribution of 35% at the front to 65% at the rear, the 130 proved extremely tail-heavy in on-road use. Hence the 130 was relaunched in revised form following over one year of development. The improvements relates mainly to the body as well as the interior equipment and appointments. Prominent interior features includes two large circular instruments in front of the driver - speedometer and instrument cluster - with their bright dials, in addition to a clock in the glove compartment lid. The rubber mats are replaced with end-to-end carpets, while the front seats now has superior upholstery and could be adjusted while driving. The footwell is provided with ventilation flaps, which are recognisable from the outside by two slits to the right and left above the front wings. Two-tone paintwork now come as standard, the wings being optionally available in black or in the second vehicle colour. Already before the start of the new model year, the 130 had already been equipped with a Vigot jack, and the front luggage compartment hood had been so that it no longer embraced parts of the front side wall. Concerns over the vehicle's handling are addressed by changes to the characterisic of springs and shock absorbers, modified front wheel camber and less direct steering. Remaining stocks of the original variant continue to be available as the "Model 34" and are included in the price list up until July. Whereas the prices of the saloon and convertible saloon versions are reduced by RM 225, the "Model 35" cost an extra RM 480 and RM 500, respectively.
October 1935 brought a further technical modification that allow the fuel cock to be operated from the driver's seat. At the same time, the price of the so-called "Autumn Model 1935", which did not yet include this new feature, was lowered by RM 580 and 600, respectively. However, neither this measure nor an additional price reduction just two months later for the "Winter Model 1935" was able to produce the desired growth in sales for the 130.
At the end of 1934, the competition 150 saloon served as the basis for developing the 150 sports roadster (W 130), which was exhibited at the International Motor and Motorcycle Show in February 1935, where it caused quite a sensation thanks to its independent suspension, centrally mounted engine/gearbox unit and unconventional styling.
170 Limousine 4 Türen
February saw the introduction of a two-door saloon with all new body design. At the same time, the previously "flat radiator" was replaced on all body variants by a radiator featuring a flat wedge shape that become common face for all Mercedes-Benz models.
170 Limousine 2 Türen
In February sales prices of both chassis types and most body variants were lowered. The range was augmented by three new long-wheelbase variants. A four-/five-seater four-door saloon, a saloon with streamlined body and a "Special Convertible A", which, at RM 11,500 is the most expensive variant of the W 21. Further modifications includes larger dials in the instrument panel, a stiffer front end with metal bulkhead to reduce body vibration and a reinforced frame. Various sliding or retractable roofs are available for the saloon versions.
200 lang Pullman-Limousine
200 Cabriolet C
200 lang Landaulet
Early 1935 brought not only an increase in power output from the engine, but also significant further additions to the choice of bodies. The short-wheelbase version is now available as a Convertible A, and the saloon could be ordered with a Webasto sliding roof instead of the optional Sindelfingen retractable roof. The long-wheelbase pullman saloon is also available with the same sliding roof. New body variants on the long chassis are a six-/seven-seater Convertible F, a saloon with streamlined body, a two-seater Convertible A with emergency seat and, the most expensive version, a four-/five‑seater special saloon.
Summer 1935 saw the launch of a further revised design, this time with a more pronounced rake of both the windscreen and radiator grille for the 500N.
500N Cabriolet F
The chassis of the 500 K and 540 K has a wheelbase of 3290 mm In addition to the standard version, there is a variant in which the radiator, engine/transmission unit, steering gear and seats are set to the rear by over 10 cm. As an additional option not included in the price list, it is also a chassis with shorter 2980 mm, wheelbase available with a roadster or Convertible A body.
In February 1935, the four-door saloon gave way to a two-door version. In October 1935, the Paris show saw the launch of a new version of the Special Roadster, which, costing RM 28,000, is the most expensive variant of the W 29. While the roadster, Special Roadster, Convertible A and motorway courier are mounted on the chassis with rear-set engine, all the other body variants come with the standard chassis.
500 K Spezial-Roadster of the second series.
500 K Spezial-Roadster
540 K Tourenwagen (limited edition armoured car)
From August 1934 to December 1935, 1507 chassis units for the bucket-seat Kübelwagen were produced on the basis of the Stuttgart 260. Some of the bodies were built at the Sindelfingen plant, while others were made by Trutz in Coburg and Gaubschat in Berlin, the bodies from Sindelfingen accounting for around one third of the total number.
130 VB has 4-cylinder boxer engine located in the front.
European Championship Victories:
1st GP Belgium (#2 Caracciola)
2nd GP Belgium (#6 Fagioli/Von Brauchitsch)
3rd GP Germany (#5 Caracciola)
1st GP Switzerland (#10 Caracciola)
2nd GP Switzerland (#12 Fagioli)
1st GP Spain (#26 Caracciola)
2nd GP Spain (#8 Fagioli)
3rd GP Spain (#22 von Brauchitsch)
1st European Championship (Rudolf Caracciola)
2nd European Championship (Luigi Fagioli)
1st GP Monaco (Fagioli)
1st GP Tripoli (Caracciola)
3rd GP Tripoli (Fagioli)
1st GP Finland (Ebb)
1st Avusrennen (Fagioli)
1st Eifelrennen (Caracciola)
1st GP France (Caracciola)
2nd GP France (Von Brauchitsch)
1st GP Penya Rhin (Fagioli)
2nd GP Penya Rhin (Caracciola)
1st GP Estonia (Ebb)
European Championship Entries:
GP Belgium (14.07.1935)
#2 Rudolf Caracciola
#4 Manfred von Brauchitsch
#6 Luigi Fagioli
GP Germany (28.07.1935)
#5 Rudolf Caracciola
#6 Luigi Fagioli
#7 Manfred von Brauchitsch
#8 Hanns Geier
#9 Hermann Lang
GP Switzerland (25.08.1935)
#8 Manfred von Brauchitsch
#10 Rudolf Caracciola
#12 Luigi Fagioli
#42 Hermann Lang
Hanns Geier (dns)
GP Italy (08.09.1935)
#6 Rudolf Caracciola
#18 Luigi Fagioli
#26 Manfred von Brauchitsch
#34 Hermann Lang
GP Spain (22.09.1935)
#8 Luigi Fagioli
#22 Manfred von Brauchitsch
#26 Germany Rudolf Caracciola
Eifel Race, Nürburgring, June 16, 1935. Rudolf Caracciola won the race in a Mercedes-Benz W 25
Spanish GP, Lasarte : Bernd Rosemeyer during a test session of the new Mercedes W25.
Preparations for the French Grand Prix, June 23.