1927 Mercedes-Benz 630K

At the 1921 Berlin Automobile Show, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft introduced the world's first supercharged production cars, the 6/25/40hp and 10/40/65hp four-cylinder models. After Ferdinand Porsche arrived at the company in early 1923, he worked to further develop the blown four and eight-cylinder racers designed by Paul Daimler, and the 15/70/100hp and 24/100/140hp supercharged, six-cylinder production models that would debut at the Berlin Automobile Show in 1924. After the 1926 merger between Daimler and Benz, the cars were reclassified as types 400 and 630. The 630 Model K, with the 'K' for 'Kurtz' meaning short, are officially designated 24/100/140. The 24 was in reference to the taxable horsepower based on engine displacement. The 100 was the actual horsepower and the 140 was the horsepower rating when the supercharger was engaged. The engine is nearly identical to the SSK racing model developed by Ferdinand Porsche.

The 'K' version rested on a wheelbase reduced from 148 inches to 134 inches. The 6.3 liter single-overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine developed 140 PS (138 horsepower) with the Roots supercharger engaged. The supercharger became engaged when the throttle pedal was pushed to the floor. In this guise, the 630K was the world's fastest production touring car with a top speed exceeding 90 mph.

The Model K was built in limited number from 1926 to 1932, with just 267 examples produced. Some received bodies from Stabilimenti Farina, Castagnam, Saoutchik, Erdmann & Rossi, Reuter, Papler, Zschau and Balzer while others were fitted with 'factory' coachwork by Sindelfingen.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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Ferdinand Porsche designed the S-Type for Mercedes-Benz in 1927. The racer was constructed using pre-existing road version Mercedes vehicles, mainly the 400 and 630 models. The names of these vehicles came from their displacement size in liters. For example, the 400 had a four liter engine while the 630 had a 6.3 liter engine, both were equipped a supercharger and six-cylinders. The engine was one....
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1927 Mercedes-Benz 630K vehicle information

Convertible
Coachwork: Harrington

Chassis Num: 32019
Engine Num: 60434

A union between Daimler and Benz in 1926 was soon followed by their first model, the 630 K (K for 'Kurtz' meaning short). The Mercedes-Benz 630 was known as the 24/100/140. The 24 referred to the engine's displacement-based taxable horsepower. 100 wa....[continue reading]

1927 Mercedes-Benz 630K vehicle information

Convertible
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin

Chassis Num: 38182

One year after Benz und Cie. and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft merged to become Daimler-Benz AG, they produced the Model K based upon the Type 630 Mercedes. The Model K was principally the work of Daimler's chief engineer, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. Model....[continue reading]

1927 Mercedes-Benz 630K vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Fleetwood

In 1926 Mercedes-Benz introduced the Model K. It used the same six-cylinder switchable supercharged (kompressor) engine as its predecessor and the same overall chassis architecture except that the wheelbase was shortened to 130 inches (the 'K' stands....[continue reading]

Convertible by Harrington
Chassis #: 32019 
Convertible by Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis #: 38182 
Roadster by Fleetwood
 


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