Oldest Mercedes in the World [Oldest of All Time]

The Mercedes brand today is synonymous with luxury, comfort, and style, but this company had humble beginnings. From the very first car that they made to the beautiful and sleek automobiles that they manufacture today, this company’s cars have seen them go through a variety of changes over the years.

In this article, we’re going to look at three of the oldest Mercedes models in the world, so let’s get into it.

3 Oldest Mercedes in the World

3. Mercedes 24/100/140 PS

Year of production: 1924
Engine type: 6,240cc Inline six cylinder ohc engine with ”Kompressor”
In production today: No

Mercedes 24Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Mercedes 24/100/140 PS was a stronger and more powerful version of the Mercedes 15/70/100 PS. It’s interesting to note that this car was actually not originally made by the Mercedes company, but rather, was made by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft before they partnered with Mercedes.

Did you know? 

The Mercedes 24/100/140 PS’s engine featured an overhead camshaft.

2. Mercedes 15/70/100 PS

Year of production: 1924
Engine type: 6,240cc Inline six-cylinder ohc engine with ”Kompressor”
In production today: No

Mercedes 15Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Mercedes 15/70/100 PS was first introduced in 1924, and quickly became a popular car model at the time. At the time, many buyers preferred to buy the bare chassis, and would later buy the body separately.

It had a six-cylinder in-line 3920 cc engine. This engine also had an overhead camshaft; this was quite unusual for its time.

Did you know? 

The Mercedes 15/70/100 PS became famous because it had a switchable supercharger that had been adapted from racing cars.

1. Benz Patent-Motorwagen

Year of production: 1885
Engine type: 1.0L (954cc) single-cylinder engine 2⁄3hp (Ligroin fuel)
In production today: No

Benz Patent-MotorwagenPhoto Source: Wikimedia Commons

The oldest mercedes in the world is the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. In addition to being the first “car” that the company made, it was also considered to be one of the first cars to be made at all in the history of the automobile. It was built by Karl Benz, who was known for his automotive design skills.

Benz designed this car a few years after developing a two-stroke piston engine. His focus remained on developing and working on a vehicle that was motorized, and he came up with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. It had a rear-mounted engine and was a motor tricycle. Considering the time that it was made, this car was known for its technological advancements.

Did you know? 

The Benz Patent-Motorwagen was more feasible than Karl Benz thought possible. His wife Bertha demonstrated that it was possible to drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim without any technical errors or glitches.


In this article, we took a closer look at the three oldest Mercedes models in the world. Just by examining these three models, you can see how far the company has come, and how much technology has changed since 1885. We were fascinated to learn about some of these models, and hope you were as well. 

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