Our Rally Car For The 2018 Baden Classic

This past weekend I was competing in the 2018 Baden Classic car rally in Germany.  I was the navigator for Harald von Langsdorff in his 1951 Mercedes-Benz 220 sedan.  Harald’s car is shown below.

1951 Mercedes-Benz 220 Sedan

While this car was made in 1951, the design of this car is the same design that was first built by Mercedes-Benz in 1937.  In 1937 this car was called the 170 and had a 4-cylinder engine.  The car below is a 1947 Mercedes-Benz 170 which was the same as the pre-war 1937 design.

1947 Mercedes-Benz 170 Sedan

The only significant styling design change between the pre-war cars and the 1951 220 car is that the front headlights were incorporated into the front fender design in the 1951 car.

The Mercedes-Benz 220 Sedan On The Road In The Black Forest

The engine in Harald’s car is an inline 2,195cc six-cylinder engine with a single overhead camshaft.  The data that I have says that the engine was fitted with a single two-barrel Solex carburetor.  Harald’s engine is shown below and there are two carburetors , therefore at some point during this car’s life the standard carburation system appears to have been modified.  The two black hoses on either side of the engine are part of the interior heating system.

The 1951 Mercedes-Benz 220 Had a 2,195cc Six-Cylinder Engine

This body style was originally designed to accommodate an inline four-cylinder engine, but with the longer six-cylinder engine, it is a very tight fit.  The 2,195cc engine produces 80 horsepower.  This is not a high performance car.  The reported time to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour is 20 seconds.  The top speed is reported to be in the range of 87 to 90 miles per hour.

The Six-Cylinder Engine Is Tight Fit

The engine is connected to a four-speed manual transmission with the gear selector mounted on the steering column. The front seats were quite comfortable during the rally.

Interior Of The 1951 Mercedes-Benz 220

For the Baden Classic car rally, Harald’s car was fitted with his Timewise 797A.  The Timewise 797A was mounted on the door of the glove compartment.  Many of the other rally competitors were interested in this rally computer with all of its displays, switches, push buttons, and toggle switches.  They were surprised to learn that this rally computer model was first built in 1988 and was not built later than 1999.  The white items mounted on the dash are the stopwatches that we used.  The car was quite comfortable and easy to use during the rally.

Rally Navigation Layout For The Baden Classic

The car worked well during the rally.  Later in the week I’ll have more about the 2018 Baden Classic rally.

If you have any comments or questions about this post or the car, then please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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