1953 BMW 501 vs. 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280

To start off, 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 is newer by 25 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1953 BMW 501. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1953 BMW 501 would be higher. At 2,746 cc (6 cylinders), 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 weights approximately 190 kg more than 1953 BMW 501.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.

Compare all specifications:

1953 BMW 501 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280
Make BMW Mercedes-Benz
Model 501 280
Year Released 1953 1978
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1969 cc 2746 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 0 HP 182 HP
Drive Type Rear Rear
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1285 kg 1475 kg
Vehicle Length 4740 mm 4730 mm
Vehicle Width 1790 mm 1790 mm
Vehicle Height 1540 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 2840 mm 2800 mm


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