Best Germans. A mild evening in late May - the economy is booming and it will soon be storming around Ebbe Carlsson. Then meet West Germany's most advanced cars for a duel in the middle of Stockholm. We follow the board professional.
The two cars leave the Grand Hotel for an assessment tour of the quiet early summer evening.
LYXKRIG BMW v MERCEDES
BMW 730 against MB 300SE The technical specification is similar. But the cars could not be more different.
Two sedans pass the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Leading car, Mercedes-Benz 300SE V126 SWB, flashing left and steer towards Blasieholmen. BMW 730iA E32 SWB follow. The duo creep run up the little Arsenalsgatan and passes Society, Mr club where leading businessmen and politicians have met and spent time undisturbed for nearly 200 years.
It lies a kind of exclusive correctness of the Society, not unlike a sand-colored Mercedes 300SE. The model with the internal code W126 presented at the Motor Show in Frankfurt in 1979 but the first pen features were already in autumn 1971. The aim was that the final product would be absolute Mercedes flagship model for ten years, why was the level of ambition of max. To rein in runaway fuel consumption was high on the priority list right from the beginning and became even more important with the oil crisis of 1973. A tricky equation as security, comfort and luxury accessories rather made the car heavier. You had to compensate with extensive aerodynamic work and weight-saving measures alloy steel and body parts in aluminum.
The first W126-cars, six-cylinder ones, rolled out the brand new factory in Sindelfingen spring 1979 and got a safe and other Puritans of choking. The chrome bumpers were replaced with practical and US-friendly protective polyurethane where the front was also designed to reduce lift trends in high speed. Even the wheels sticking out through a modern aerodynamic design. Although the car was filled with accessories like ABS brakes and airbags stayed wave of below 1600 kg. And wind tunnel work had paid off, the new S-class could boast the lowest drag coefficient of any size sedans at the time (0.36 Cd).
Nine years later, in spring #1988
Mercedes-Benz 300SE V126 SWB is perceived as much more traditional than the newly launched rival BMW 730iA. It is more than Café Opera Society. Hipper and loaded with exciting technology that electronically adjustable shocks and innovations that reveal what the 90s will accommodate.
With the ability to choose the V12 engine marks BMW more Mercedes place at the top is threatened. And the equipment list is as long as the stock market pages of Dagens Industri - accessories such as telephone, fax machine and wine cooler in the back seat cauldrons for extra vague sense decade.
But being innovative is not necessarily a positive trait. The goal of this German luxury car duo is to give Charlie decision making to choose any of them. It is a man of refined taste and high demands on function and quality. He is traditionally Mercedes-owners although he with respect to shareholders drove the Volvo 760 GLE for some years. He has by virtue of his position could command hit two representatives of BMW and Mercedes. The duo is now swinging left and confronted him outside the Grand Hotel, where he set time ladders from a late meeting with a group of investors.
Charlie, among friends known as Callis, greets short on brand representatives and go one lap around the cars. Goes one. Nodding approvingly at the L-shaped rear lights on the BMW, he remembers the resurrection, when the model was presented. Opens and closes the door once extra, grunts something before he sits down in the bucket BMW seat. He starts up six cylinders, put in the D position and watching in amazement of the modern instrumentation. He provides gas and Mercedes driver following closely behind. The two cars leave the Grand Hotel for an assessment tour of the quiet early summer evening.
After training at the School of Colleges School in Stockholm Charlie worked more or less around the clock through the sixties and seventies. Thanks to a series of smart investments (and if truth be told, a huge amount of initial capital) he has in the 80s could wind down and today sits just two boards. A form of comfortable and very deliberate risk diversification as one of the companies operating in the telecom and the other belongs to the backbone of Swedish industry, pulp.
The mission of the latter includes a lot of traveling by car to the north. Yes, and weekend trips to summer pleasure out of Smadalaro. The experience of these two German spearhead locomotives different large letters Callis quickly. BMW charms with unexpected revving in the sixth grade, the 182 horsepower feels downright a nimble. And the footwork is clearly faster than the Mercedes, yes Callis smiles in front of the small three-spoke steering wheel and go almost to the cord in right on the promenade. Mercedes is not visible in the rear-view mirror - and that BMW offers driving pleasure even in the luxury class is obvious.
Second generation BMW 7 Series with internal code E32 still feels hyper-modern, it was presented after just over two years earlier, in July, 1986.
Besides amazing modern and sporty model features stack up with the first German V12 engine in fifty years in the 750i. A daring mark to overtake Mercedes - both mental and on the Autobahn. This jaw got knocked BMW to introduce an electronic speed limiter at 250 kmh in response to the German discussion of, woe and horror, speed limits on the Autobahn. BMW 750i was aiming directly at the recently presented Mercedes-Benz 560SEL W126 with a V8. Daimler-Benz is working on a V12 to the next generation W140 S-Class is not known yet.
The journey continues through the evening quiet town, there will be car outside the castle. Inside the burgundy interior of the Mercedes 300SE are more passengers than drivers materials and aromas are of another kind. The ride quality is world class realizes Callis over the cobblestones in the Old Town, the back end is completely unaffected even if one sits more than in the big chairs with openwork leather. Callis relaxes behind the big steering wheel. The controls, even anger, feels older but also more substantial than in the BMW. The journey continues through the evening quiet town, there will be car outside the castle. Inside the burgundy interior of the Mercedes 300SE are more passengers than drivers materials and aromas are of another kind.
Callis notes that Mercedes rolls heavily and feels more stable, throttle response is calmer - properties in line with his habitual Mercedes-driving style.
When it starts to obscure the test run over. Charlie has decided its next car is nothing he reveals the smallest mine, moreover, he would keep the matter for deliberation with his wife before lifting the handset - to the United Car. For although he felt powerful in the back seat of the Mercedes, he experienced a new feeling behind the wheel of the BMW 730iA. On the verge of forbidden excitement - both when he lapped the BMW sixth grade and soon after got looks from two girls in tight stonewashed jeans that almost caressed BMW nose when they crossed a crosswalk. Callis trips with light rose to its soon replaced Mercedes. Throw a glance at his reflection in a shop window. Feel young and fresh. He is, after all, still only fifty-nine ...
Power windows were standard - trip computer and cruise control some of the many options in the BMW. Reach for the stars is more aim with the star of Mercedes 300SE.
BMW destabilize the Mercedes before, given first place. Mercedes rims with low profile tires was one of the updates in the revision to the 1986 model.
Postmodernist Claes Luthe who in 1976 took on the role of chief designer for BMW Paul Bracq is behind the design of the E32 that would characterize BMW for many years to come.
Total ten different engines were available to choose 7-Series model cycle - four sixes, four V8s and two V12's.
Mercedes unloads 375-liters, compared to 475 in the entire BMW. BMW has utility in the door, the Mercedes a warning triangle.
1988 OWNER: FABIAN GRANATH
"When I saw the ad I did not believe it was true. It was only BMW 730iA 1988 1500 mil, broken board computer ... "This was 2014, and Fabian Granath went and bought the car in the crash. It had been shut down since the first owner passed away in 1996. Since the purchase Fabian has provided it with new oils and tires - and fixed the broken board computer. The car is in an almost painful untouched top condition and has now gone over 1,800 mil.
"The direction is very stable even at high speeds," says Fabian. "It's a really nice touring car, you sense that it was at least ten years ahead of its time.
Total sold 770 pieces of the BMW 7 Series cars in Sweden in 1988 (of which 267 pieces 750i), while sales were plummeting to 550 the following year. Generation E32 was produced until 1994, a total of 311,015 copies.
MERCEDES 300SE 1988 OWNER: JONAS SJOGREEN
"These cars is aging so damn good, I wanted the feeling of quality and elegance rather than horsepower - 300's the sensible choice economically compared with 500 and 560 versions. This has all the equipment and is well on price - I am convinced that fine specimens are a good investment says Jonas who does not have any plans to sell.
On the contrary, Jonas had marinated Mercedes dream long and well, and recently bought the car story of a childhood friend who owned it for 15 years.
Mercedes S-Class was considerably more expensive than the BMW 7 Series but that did not stop 292 Swedes from hitting to 1988. The model was originally launched in three versions, 280SE, 380SE and 500SE - but overall was twenty versions offered for twelve years until 1991 . From plush 280S with four-speed manual transmission to the armored 560SEL W126 - production figure stayed at 818,105 cars.