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Mercedes-Benz Online PortalPublic M@RS

Mercedes-Benz Classic Presents its Archives in the Internet

Information, documents, pictures and much more from the history of the world's oldest automobile manufacturer: the archives of Mercedes-Benz Classic house a unique treasure. Mercedes-Benz has now opened up its archives via the public M@RS website to directly access this knowledge about the history of the brand and its products.

The abbreviation "M@RS" stands for Multimedia Archive and Research System. This is the name under which Mercedes-Benz Classic 15 years ago developed an internet portal with information from the archives where, for example, registered journalists and researchers are able to explore details and backgrounds concerning the diverse history of Daimler. This database, which is used intensively by the specialist public, was also the starting point for development of the new Public M@RS, which is online from 30 January 2015 and is freely available without login to anyone interested.

The focus of the new portal in its first stage of development is the subject area of the passenger car. The corresponding vehicle portraits, technical data and illustrations are structured in five historical chapters (Benz & Cie. to 1926, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Mercedes to 1926, Mercedes-Benz from 1926 to 1945, Mercedes-Benz from 1946 and Maybach from 2002). Within these chapters, the basic framework of the portal is made up of vehicle classes and model series. For example, there is fast and transparent access to information from the product history, from the first automobiles of 1886 to the predecessor series of the current Mercedes-Benz models. This initially available content will in future be extended to include further subject areas from the history of the company and its products.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic archives are one of the largest industrial archives in Europe and their scope is unique in the automotive industry. Their history officially begins with administrative order No. 1145 of the then Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft from 1936, which instructed engineer Max Rauck to "collect and examine our historical literature and photographic material for the purpose of establishing and managing an historical archive". The new online portal Public M@RS now provides public access to the work results of Rauck and his successors.

HOW TO BROWSE THE ARCHIVES:
Open your web browser and go to the following address:
https://mercedes-benz-publicarchive.com

From the homepage, you can either search for the model or information you are looking for using the search box. Or browse through the menu on the right. Note: if you are searching for information on a particular chassis model, you need to put a space between the letter and 3-digit chassis code i.e. ‘W 123’ not ‘W123’

From the right hand menu, you can browse through information on individual models, browse through an illustrated chronicle by year or browse a list of anniversaries and history topics (similar to the history topic listed on page 12 of this magazine). Click on the ‘+’ symbol to expand the menu and then click on the date/model/type you are interested in. There are original factory photos, videos, documents and more!

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