In 1926 the model K became the world’s fastest touring car. The letter K in the model designation stood for “Kurz” (“Short”), since the high-performance sports car with uprated supercharged engine was based on the shortened chassis of the 24/100/140 hp.


This car was specially manufactured for Mercedes-Benz for participation at “beauty competitions”.  In July 1929 sold to Mr. Dr. Robert Krailsheimer, who won with that car the Internationale Alpenfahrt in August 1929. In 1933 he emigrated to Finland and took the car with him. Short time later he had a bad accident with it. In the late 60s were the remains of the car discovered by a Finnish car enthusiast. He planned to rebuild the car for exhibition purpose for his museum. The plan was not until realized till the late 80sas a German bought the remains consisting of frame, engine, aggregates, wheels, doors, fenders, hoods, tank and seats and brought it back to Germany. After a full restoration and completion in the 90s he used the car for some classic events. After his death the car was sold through a German classic car dealer to the last known owner in 2005. The new owner planned to take part at the Classic Safari Rally in 2006. For that purpose the car got overhauled and at this was discovered that the engine, aggregates, transmission and rear axle were still the original ones. Only the pistons and the cooler were replaced by new manufactured parts. During the rally one new piston broke and caused a premature end. After the repair of the engine the car took successfully part at the Mille Miglia in 2007. Since that time was it less, but continuous been moved to prevent damages by not moving. A folder with a large range documents and photos to the car history is available, as well photos of the repair works.

Technical Data

Manufactures: Mercedes-Benz
Offer: 866
Paint: White
Interior: black leather
Year: 1928
Engine: 6 cylinder in-line engine with roots supercharger
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Engine Power: 6.240 cc
Cylinders: 6
Leistung: 100/140hp / 74/103kW
Top Speed: 124 km/h

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