A brief history of the Mercedes C-Class
Having driven the new C-Class, we look back at the original 'Baby Benz' and its successors. Warning: contains AMG
Posted: 11 Mar 2014
W201 Mercedes Benz 190
The first ‘Baby Benz', as it was known in the States - and model number W201 for Merc nerds - came complete with a weedy little inline 2.0-litre four-pot producing a heady 90bhp. Horrendously wobbly by modern standards, but a lovely, bulletproof little motor, and an icon of design, too. Bruno Sacco - head of MB's design from 1975 to 1999 - was the man responsible, creating a clean, elegant car. Mini-cabbists around the world, you owe him your allegiance.
Though this car arrived under increasing pressure to conform to strict fuel consumption regulations in the USA, a key MB market, it was the Clean Air Act introduced by President Jimmy Carter that prompted Mercedes to launch a smaller, more efficient car. Which is ironic, considering the tangent this little Benz will take, as you'll find out later...