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Here's part 3:

"Gallery of Voyagers"



1907 Milnes-Daimler Double-Decker Bus
This Milnes-Daimler bus saw service in London around 1904. The chassis was manufactured by Daimler while the body was built by Milnes in the United Kingdom. Until 1907, 400 of these 34 seating buses were produced. A major customer was Vanguard London Motor Omnibus Co., LTD. whose logo is shown on this particular surviving model.
4-cylinders, 5321cc, 28-horsepower @ 1200 RPM, 20 km/h top speed



1921 Mercedes-Knight 16/45-PS Tourenwagen
Beginning in 1911, the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft equipped several cars with Knight engines. Invented by the American Charles Knight, the engines featured sleeve valves instead of conventional valves, and their exceptionally smooth operation was very convincing. The 16/45 PS Mercedes-Knight, of which more than 5,000 units were produced, was the most successful Mercedes model until 1926.
4-cylinders, 4084cc, 45-horsepower @ 1750 RPM, 80 km/h top speed



1927 Mercedes-Benz 12/55-PS Pullman-Limousine
The 12/55 PS together with the 8/38 PS were the first passenger cars of the newly formed Daimler-Benz AG to go to market using the "Mercedes-Benz" brand name. The car was extremely spacious and comfortable for its time making it an excellent grandtourer. As satisfied customers reported, it was even great for travelling through the Alps!
6-cylinders, 3131cc, 55-horsepower @ 3200 RPM, 100 km/h top speed



1939 Mercedes-Benz 320 Stromlinien-Limousine
Inspired by the new Autobahn's, Mercedes offered several "streamlined" body styles to the public. The 320 was one of them. Even though the streamlined body had minimal effects on fuel consumption and top speed, the vehicle was seen as a stylish means of travelling. 5097 units were produced from 1937 until late 1942 when much of the German heavy industry had to switch to war production.
6-cylinders, 3405cc, 78-horsepower @ 4000 RPM, 126 km/h top speed





1940 Mercedes-Benz O 2600 Allwetter-Reiseomnibus
The Mercedes-Benz O 2600 is a typical 1930s bus design. Built in Gaggenau from 1935 until 1940, the bus seated 25 people and was often used for comfortable travelling particularly in the Alps.
4-cylinders, 4942cc, 70-horsepower @ 2000 RPM, 72 km/ top speed



1952 Mercedes-Benz O 3500 Allwetter-Reiseomnibus

The 0 3500 was the first Mercedes bus designed after the post war period. The design was still heavily influenced from the 1930s and early 1940s. The model on show was used in Italy for tourists during the 1950s.
6-cylinders, 4580cc, 90-horsepower @ 2800 RPM, 82 km/h top speed



1969 Mercedes-Benz LO 1112 Omnibus
With this LO 1112, Hector Prieto began a career as a bus operator in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969. As was customary in many Latin countries, the vehicle was colorfully painted and decorated inside with lucky charms, mascots and souvenirs. This particular LO 1112 originated from the Mercedes-Benz factory in Buenos Aires.
6-cylinders, 5104cc, 120-horsepower @ 3000 RPM, 97 km/h top speed



1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3
The 300SEL 6.3 debuted in 1968 as the top-of-the-line model of the W108/W109 (S-Class) range. The engine and 4-speed automatic transmission were taken from the 600. This powerful, comfortable long-distance sedan was fitted as standard with automatic transmission, power-steering and many more extras - not something that could be taken for granted in the late 1960s!
V8, 6332cc, 250-horsepower @ 4000 RPM, 220 km/h top speed





1980 Mercedes-Benz O 305 Standard-Linienomnibus
The Mercedes-Benz O 305 was a popular bus, particularly in Germany where many were used by the major cities. All together 11,570 were made from 1968 until 1987. The O 305 shown was used by the city of Stuttgart where it did more than 1,000,000 kilometers (600,000 miles) until retirement.
6-cylinders, 11,413cc, 240-horsepower @ 2200 RPM, 80 km/h top speed



1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TD
When Mercedes-Benz first introduced this station wagon in 1977, it marked the end of the commercial vehicle image of this type of car. Suddenly the estate had become a symbol of wealth and style. The "T" stood for "Touring / Transport".
5-cylinders, 2998cc, 88-horsepower @ 4400 RPM, 155 km/h top speed





2005 Mercedes-Benz Viano 2.2 CDI "Marco Polo"
What distinguishes the Viano "Marco Polo" from the regular Viano is the camper roof, designed by the Westfalia company. The Viano "Marco Polo" is hence a compact, yet comfortable and spacious touring van that offers its occupants room to sleep and cook.
4-cylinders, 2148cc, 150-horsepower @ 3800 RPM, 174 km/h top speed



2005 Mercedes-Benz Travego Reisebus
The exhibited Travego bus was the first model ever produced of this new generation of bus and continues the Mercedes tradition of touring coaches. Apart from comfort and economy, the main emphasis is on occupant safety. The Travego boasts a series of safety systems and features previously unheard of in the bus class.
6-cylinders, 11,967cc, 428-horsepower @ 2000 RPM, 100 km/h top speed (electronically limited)


 

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mbukukanyau said:
some of those remind me of Nazi's
This one?



Hardly a car used by the Nazis. The Nazis preferred armored Mercedes-Benz 770 "Großer Mercedes" sedans with heavy armor plating and a special 400-horsepower Kompressor inline-8.
 

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cawimmer430 said:
This one?



Hardly a car used by the Nazis. The Nazis preferred armored Mercedes-Benz 770 "Großer Mercedes" sedans with heavy armor plating and a special 400-horsepower Kompressor inline-8.
I hear you.
I think its the look of that era that gives me that memory
 

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mbukukanyau said:
I hear you.
I think its the look of that era that gives me that memory
I think you're confusing the "innocent" 320 with this:



Mercedes-Benz 770 "Großer Mercedes"

This was the car favored by the Nazi party, not the relatively small 320. ;)
 

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I am thinking Allo, Allo!

Anyway, great photos, keep them coming!

PS. Why weren't the W126 and W140 in this exhibition?
 

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Bravada said:
I am thinking Allo, Allo!

Anyway, great photos, keep them coming!

PS. Why weren't the W126 and W140 in this exhibition?
Thanks. :)

W126 and W140 are coming - in a different gallery. Mercedes mainly showcased "revolutionary touring" cars in this gallery. ;)
 

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Bravada said:
The W140 was surely revolutionary, it was Mercedes' peak, it went downhill from there!
The W140 was barely revolutionary. It was only "revolutionary" in the sense that it was the first Mercedes sedan to be equipped with a V12 engine.
 

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Piccies are awesome - I've already started planning for my first trip seeing as the last got abandoned in favour of not waiting 3-4hours to get into the museum. Keep posting them - nice to see what I've missed and my appetite is sufficiently whetted.

Anyone else think the 320 Stromenlinien has echoes of Traction Avant/Tatra maybe even later Jaguars so it could be the other way round - eithat way, what a shape for a car. Beautiful.

The O 3500 looks grand too - and brilliantly restored along with the Argentinian bus and numerous others - perfect lines.

How ironic that the O 305 is in a Museum when the public transport system in the UK is still using vehicles from only 2-3 years later. Still a nice looking thing though - still has form and function.

I like the way the 300TD is kitted out as a family vehicle aswell, very neat.

Viano is nice and would plump for one if I needed or wanted a conversion thing, I've always thought the Viano was quite good looking alongside many similar people movers..

Travego looks as if it has Shat-Nav, in the panel on the top of the fascia to the left of the driver perhaps?

I take it you can go on board aswell - presumably because it's a newer vehicle as I see nobody on any of the older vehicles...?

Couple more questions as last time I went it was chaos trying to get in..how busy was it once you got out of the lift that takes you to the top? It doesn't look too crowded judging by the number of people in your photos but did you have to wait long to pay to get in?

Cheers for the piccies again - hopefully I can go again as last time all I could do in the time I had (ie not waiting to go into the museum) was the new car bit next to it, which was equally as good as the old museum itself and raised my hopes for the new one.
 

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And for the record - Allo Allo is possibly one of the funniest things I've ever watched.

Laughed my balls off at every bit - especially the English French policeman's accent...!
 

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Bravada said:
I beg to differ. It was the car that moved Mercedes into the modern era, and the best Mercedes ever.
The car that moved Mercedes' into the modern era was the W116 S-Class (1972-1980). The features and layout that debuted on this car (ribbed tailights, black instruments with white lettering and an orange needle, ABS, deformable steering wheel etc.) was still available on cars like the W210 E-Class (1996-2002) for example. :cool:
 

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tomprice said:
Piccies are awesome - I've already started planning for my first trip seeing as the last got abandoned in favour of not waiting 3-4hours to get into the museum. Keep posting them - nice to see what I've missed and my appetite is sufficiently whetted.
Which entrance did you wait at? :D

The lines aren't that long these days, unless there is like a huge tourist group / students on a trip. The best times to go is on the weekends. During the week, student tours and tourists can be seen waiting to get in. :p:



tomprice said:
I like the way the 300TD is kitted out as a family vehicle aswell, very neat.
Yep, those old W123s were very family oriented vehicles. When the regular W123 sedan came out, there was a 2 year waiting list for these cars. They actually in many cases sold above list price. There was always something special about the Mercedes W123. And over the course of time, this car has proven itself to be one of the most reliable and durable MB cars ever. :yup:


tomprice said:
Viano is nice and would plump for one if I needed or wanted a conversion thing, I've always thought the Viano was quite good looking alongside many similar people movers..
I agree. I am not much into vans, but the Viano is pretty good-looking for a people mover. This is very interesting since the Viano is a more upscale version of the workhorse Vito commercial vans. :lmao:


tomprice said:
Travego looks as if it has Shat-Nav, in the panel on the top of the fascia to the left of the driver perhaps?
I wouldn't know if it was SAT-NAV, but these buses are often equipped with some form of navigation system. And yes, you can go onboard this bus. And others...patience! I got tons of pictures!!! :D


tomprice said:
Couple more questions as last time I went it was chaos trying to get in..how busy was it once you got out of the lift that takes you to the top? It doesn't look too crowded judging by the number of people in your photos but did you have to wait long to pay to get in?
Well I went there around 3 PM and stayed until 6:00. Around 5:00, the place starts becoming more and more deserted. So I suppose 4:00 PM is a good time to pass by. :yup:
 

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I've been there, the museum is awesome! The exhibits go in a double-helix too, so if you want to see both sides, you have to use the staircases at the sides too. This is my 200th post btw! :woot: :Club: w00t!
 

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cawimmer430 said:
Which entrance did you wait at? :D

The lines aren't that long these days, unless there is like a huge tourist group / students on a trip. The best times to go is on the weekends. During the week, student tours and tourists can be seen waiting to get in. :p:
I came in from the entrance you appear to have go in - the main entrance I presume but when I went there the queue was out the door and down the street and didn't appear to be moving. But hey, the new cars were good.

Cheers for the tips btw - so 3/4 pm on a Satuarday would seem ideal. Not sure SWMBO will be happy with me staying in a car museum for about 3 hours but I sure will be!

Did you go in the new car bit by any chance - if you didn't it's actually quite good for a mooch around and a play with the gadgets - and also for stealing a big haul of brochures....:D

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I wouldn't know if it was SAT-NAV, but these buses are often equipped with some form of navigation system. And yes, you can go onboard this bus. And others...patience! I got tons of pictures!!! :D
Looking forward to the other 650,000,000 pictures ;) :p:
 
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