Since everyone enjoyed our first post about famous Mercedes cars in the movies, we decided to revisit the history of the iconic car company, and compile a list of 10 little-known Mercedes facts for your enjoyment.
Modesti’s Car Care Center has provided Mercedes repair in Culver City since 1972, and even our team members were surprised to learn a few of these obscure details from the company’s past!
10 Amazing Mercedes Facts:
1. Mercedes origins go back to the construction of the first petrol-powered vehicle built by Mercedes-Benz cofounder, Karl Benz. Benz’s fiancée, Bertha, funded the project entirely while the two were engaged, as the law of the time stated that woman gave up full judicial power once married.
2. Mercedes introduced 3 models of bicycles in 2005 – The Fitness Bike, and the Trailblazer Bike, and the Mercedes-Benz Carbon Bike.
3. The current Popemobile is a Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV, modified with a bullet-proof glass enclosure on the back, and equipped with its own oxygen supply.
4. In 2013, Mercedes was ranked #30 on the Fortune 100 “Best Companies to Work For” list.
5. Coco Chanel, Hugh Hefner, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, Aristotle Onassis, Jack Nicholson, Fidel Castro, and Elvis Presley are some of the famous people to have owned a Mercedes-Benz 600.
6. The 3 point Mercedes star that adorns the vehicles’ hoods represents Land, Sea, and Air.
7. The Mercedes German slogan “Das Beste oder Nichts,” translates to “the best or nothing.”
8. An Abu Dhabi oil billionaire ordered a custom Mercedes-Benz made with a white gold exterior. The $2.5 million dollar vehicle was made with custom 18k white gold body work – not white gold paint!
9. No matter how old a Mercedes car is, it will never rattle or squeak. The reason for this is these luxury vehicles are welded in roughly 10,000 places, which doesn’t leave any room for loose bolts and nuts.
10. At Linden Park Cemetery in Union County NJ, there stands a full-sized Mercedes Benz 240 Diesel chiseled entirely from one block of stone. The impressive monument serves as the headstone for Raymond Tse, a Mercedes enthusiast tragically killed before his 16th birthday. His brother, David, had the car made in Raymonds honor, sparing no expense in making sure every detail of the vehicle was accurate. Taking up 40 cemetery plots, the stone Mercedes and Raymond’s mausoleum cost upwards of $500,000 when it was built in the 1970’s. David and other mourners frequently visit the site to pay their respects to Raymond and his eternal passion for Mercedes cars.
Wow your friends and family with these interesting, fun and crazy Mercedes facts today! And If you’re in need of Mercedes service or repair in the Culver City area, stop by Modesti’s Car Care Center. Our team is happy to help you uphold the quality and reliability of your trusted Mercedes vehicle.