The Mercedes 28/95 enjoyed much sporting success during their lifespan. A short-wheelbase 28/95 was driven at the Coppa Florio by Max Sailer to an overall victory. At the Targa Florio, the care finished in an impressive second place.
The 28/95 Mercedes was one of the last models to be produced by Mercedes before the 1926 merger with Daimler and Benz. Under the bonnet was a six-cylinder engine that was a derivative of Daimler's DF80 aircraft engine used in World War I. The engine had a fully enclosed, shaft and bevel gear driven, camshaft and valves. These were then enclosed in aluminum for each of the three pairs of cylinder castings and bolted to an aluminum crankcase.
The chassis was constructed to house a variety of custom coach built bodies. There were semi-elliptical leaf springs and friction dampers which controlled the front and rear axles. Rear wheel drum brakes were used on the earlier 28/95 models, but more was needed to keep the car in the drivers control. So, Mercedes placed drums at all four corners. This did much to improve the vehicles performance and its reputation.
The 28/95 was a very versatile vehicle, used for a number of scenarios. They were used in racing competition where their reliability and high performance construction often provided the driver with podium finishes. The cars were also used as daily drivers. Many were fitted with large and luxurious coachwork. The high cost of purchasing one meant it was also a status symbol, enjoyed by only the privileged and those of wealth.By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011