1911 Mercedes 37/90 HP

1911 Mercedes 37/90 HP 1911 Mercedes 37/90 HP 1911 Mercedes 37/90 HP Tourer
This car was owned and driven by Ralph DePalma, an Italian who came to America in 1893 and began racing soon after. He was the dirt track king from 1908 through 1911, and was a national champion in 1912 and 1914. In 1914, he beat the great Barney Oldfield in the Vanderbilt Cup. He continued to race this car into the mid-teens.

He then sold this car to Georgia-born light tenor singer James Melton who took a liking to expensive and rare automobiles. He eventually opened the Automara, a vintage car museum in Hypoluxo, Florida.

The Mercedes 37/90 HP Skiff was produced from 1911 through 1914. The body was designed by Henri Labourdette and the engine by Paul Daimler. The powerful front-mounted, four-cylinder pushrod engine drove the chain-driven rear wheels. There was one intake valve, two exhaust valves, and a single block of four cylinders. The peak horsepower was realized at above 1200 RPM from the 9.5 liter power-plant. Equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, the 95 horsepower vehicle was capable of achieving a top speed of over 70 miles-per-hour. Not bad for a 4300 pound equipped with a four-cylinder engine.

More than just a powerful car, this was meant as a luxury automobile. The chassis was designed to allow comfort while the interior was elegant, inviting, and accommodating.

In 1914 the 37/90 was replaced by the 38/100 HP model. Production soon ceased as the onset of World War I began.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2011

1911 Mercedes Models

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Mercedes Monthly Sales Volume

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24,612
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27,080
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22,949
March 2019
27,004
January 2019
22,507
December 2018
32,016
October 2018
31,814
September 2018
26,169
August 2018
20,339
July 2018
23,058
June 2018
26,191
May 2018
26,976
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