Minichamps MIN436039000 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 B (W186 III) Limousine - German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1:43 Scale)
"We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon."
- German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
The Mercedes-Benz Type 300 (chassis codes W186, W188, and W189) were the company's largest and most-prestigious models throughout the 1950s. Analogous to today's S-Class, the Type 300 cars were elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. The 300, 300b, 300c, and 300d touring cars were often referred to as Adenauers after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. In office from 1949 to 1963, he employed six custom convertible, hardtop, and landaulet versions of this model during his tenure.
The "W186" Type 300, introduced in November 1951, was essentially a pre-war chassis with a more-modern body. A modern 3 L (2996 cc/182 in) straight-6 engine developing 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) was used, however, coupled exclusively to a manual 4-speed gearbox. The Type 300 was available as a sedan or cabriolet (officially called Cabriolet D), both with four doors and seating for six. One innovative feature was a rear load-levelling suspension, operated by a switch on the dashboard.
The 300 had a separate X-frame, made of ovoid steel tubes, a double wishbone, coil spring axle up front and Mercedes` typical rear swing axle with double coil springs; also drum brakes all around and a worm-and-sector steering, that was replaced in 1952 by a recirculating ball unit.
The Type 300 featured many luxury features. Options like Becker radio, VHF mobile telephone, and dictation machine were geared to the business man and politician. Among the custom features in Chancellor Adenauer's "parade cars" were writing desks, sirens, curtains, dividing partitions, sunroofs, and half-roof landaulet configurations. 6,214 saloon models and 591 Cabriolet Ds were produced until September, 1955 (including the 300b).
March 1954 saw power brakes introduced via a remote vacuum tank with the Type 300b. Vent windows were also introduced for the front windows. Power of the engine was upped to 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) via different Solex carburetors and a higher compression ratio (7.5:1 instead of 6.4:1).
Pictured here is a 1:43 scale replica of a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 B (W186 III) limousine that was used to convey West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. Only 1,008 pieces produced. Now in stock!
Length: 6 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: July 2011
Historical Account: "The Fate of Men" - Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (January 5th, 1876 - April 19th, 1967) was a German statesman who took Germany from the ruins of World War II to the most prosperous nation in Europe. He was the first chancellor (top official) of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, called West Germany), 1949 - 1963. He was the founder and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), a coalition of Catholics and Protestants that since 1946 has dominated German politics most of the time. A devout Catholic, he belied his age as the oldest elected leader in world history by his intense work habits and his uncanny political instinct. He displayed a strong dedication to a broad vision of democracy, capitalism, and anti-Communism. A stern patriarch and shrewd politician, Adenauer was deeply committed to the traditional values of Christianity and pursued a single-minded Western-oriented foreign policy. He restored the West Germany economy to dominance in Europe, rebuilt its army, came to terms with France, helped establish European unity, fought relentlessly against the Communists in rival East Germany, made his nation a pillar of NATO and a firm ally of the United States and commenced the long process of reconciliation with the Jewish people and Israel after the Holocaust. He brought Germany prosperity, democracy, stability and respect. To a large extent Adenauer's policies still dominate Germany.
Although his political career spanned sixty years, beginning as early as 1906, he is most noted for his role as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (then known as West Germany) from 1949 - 1963 and chairman of the Christian Democratic Union from 1950 to 1966. He was the oldest chancellor ever to serve Germany, beginning his first ministry at the age of 73 and leaving at the age of 87. His 14-year tenure was the second-longest for a German Chancellor (behind Otto von Bismarck) until Helmut Kohl passed him in 1996.