Mercedes 1.2 Prototype 1948 by Autocult
but strange at the same time!
As early as the years 1947 and 1948 Mercedes-Benz contemplated the
realization of a car body design, which became later known as the ponton
respectively pontoon-styled car body in the 1950s. Mercedes-Benz planned to
enter the market of lower-priced and small automobiles with the car and
developed therefore a four-cylinder engine with 1.2 liter displacement.
Josef Müller, who already made significant contributions to the
development of the rear-driven type 170H (W28) and made his mark internal with
the realization of the racecar W25, was the responsible engineer of the small
Mercedes. In 1935 he already held the opinion that the car body will cover the
wheels in future. This most prospective but at that time not by every expert
shared opinion also applied to the construction of his Baby-Benz. He did not
only remain true to this aspect but also followed other aerodynamic aspects
such as into the fenders integrated headlamps. But the actually outstanding
feature of the car from a later perspective was its pontoon-styled car body
that already unmistakably showed visual features of the Mercedes-Benz
W120-model range, which was produced in series from 1953. The upright, slightly
V-shaped radiator grill with a seamless transition into the hood already
indicated the later contours. Also the roundish design of the doors, the
elegant, in a wide arc towards the bumper running rear end and of course the
semicircular shaped roof with a wide B-pillar undoubtedly showed the lines of
the later production models with pontoon-styled bodywork.
According to Josef Müller’s blueprints of the year 1948, the car had a
total length of only 3.7 meters.
|Description: ||Mercedes 1.2 Prototype 1948 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC06022 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Road, Concept Cars |
|Colour: ||Black |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1948 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||September 2018 |
|Weight: ||500 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces. |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.