The development of a new model called W118 took place when Daimler Benz became an 88% shareholder with controlling interest of Auto Union in 1958. Auto Union, then as a Group with 4 different brands – DKW, Wanderer, Horch and Audi was reeling from losses. Out of the four brands, only DKW was doing reasonable well as it was catering to the small car segment.
Mercedes saw the opportunity to get into the small-cars segment and immediately deputed their engineer Ludwig Krauss to develop a new car with a new engine. The original idea was implemented by building a prototype and giving it a 1.5 litre boxer engine (each pair of opposed cylinders move inward and outward at the same time). This prototype car having 3-doors was called W118. A few months later, a more powerful 4-cylinder engine was developed and named W119.
While DKW (now under Mercedes management) developed their F102 having an 1175 cc 2-stroke engine, the Mercedes car could not get into actual production as Mercedes was in the process of selling their acquisition to Volkswagen. This was because Mercedes wanted fresh funds to set up a new factory and Auto Union was draining away it's healthy profit line..
Eventually after Mercedes withdrew, Volkswagen halted production of the F102 and launched a new model DKW F103, which carried the same body/engine of the Mercedes W118/W119.
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|Box Dimension (in inches)||7 x 3 x 3|