With Daimler splitting into two independent companies* on 1 December, Daimler Truck has transferred the first batch of historic Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and parts of its truck and bus archive to a location in Wörth. Daimler Truck’s collection contains around 130 vehicles. About 30 were previously located in Stuttgart and the surrounding area.
The classic vehicles and the archive of Daimler AG have been centrally managed in Stuttgart until now. After the corporate split, the Group archive for overarching, company-wide topics pre-separation will remain in Stuttgart along with the archive for cars and vans. The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim will continue to be the primary publicly-accessible location for the shared company history, including trucks and buses.
The truck and bus exhibits have been housed at four main locations: the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Untertürkheim, the truck plant in Wörth, and two warehouses near Wörth and Stuttgart. Trucks and buses are also located at various other company facilities as well as exhibition loans in a number of international museums.
The historical trucks included a Mercedes-Benz LP 333 from 1960 (known as a “millipede” due to its two steerable front axles) and a Mercedes-Benz LP 608 which was the first truck produced at the recently opened Wörth plant in 1965. In the future, Daimler Truck will mainly house its collection of historical exhibits near its truck and bus locations. Additional archival material and exhibits will be relocated in the weeks ahead.
The collection also includes powertrains, parts and accessories from the company’s 125-year truck history. The archives of Daimler Truck were previously distributed on more than 160 square meters of storage space. The documents filled more than 2,000 meters of shelves on several levels. The archival material includes 2,600 rolls of film and 600 magnetic tapes that contain more than 1,000 hours of historical moving images.
The oldest collector’s item from Daimler Truck is an original Daimler Motor-Lastwagen from 1898. Another highlight is a replica of the first Daimler Motor-Lastwagen from 1896. The fastest is an Atego racing truck built in 2000. It has 1500 hp and a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour. In addition to exhibits from the early days of commercial vehicle production, the collection also contains various concept vehicles.
Employees from trucks and buses as well as those from cars and vans will continue to be able to use the digital archive in the future. This applies to historians, media representatives and other interested individuals. The digital collections of Daimler history that are of an overarching nature or that cannot be specifically attributed to one or the other company will be accessible through both of the two companies. In AutoInformed’s view this is going to a series of long, ongoing debates.
“I am delighted that we have found a new home for our historical commercial vehicles at our truck and bus plants. These wheeled-witnesses to times past represent Daimler Truck’s 125-year history. In the future, they will be located right next to the manufacturing facilities for our future products,” said Sven Gräble, Head of Operations Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Overview of First Lot
Along with the archival material, the initial transfer involved the transport of the following historical commercial vehicles from Stuttgart to Wörth: a Mercedes-Benz O 321 H panorama bus (1962), a Mercedes-Benz L 1500 with a wood gas generator (1937), Unimog 70200 No. 2 (Gebr. Böhringer, 1946), and a Mercedes-Benz OE diesel tractor (1926). These were transported by two Mercedes-Benz Actros and one Unimog U530 from the current product range of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. They were accompanied by a rally Unimog U400, which had been used as a service vehicle during the Paris-Dakar Rally in 2006.
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