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1955 Austin A 55 vs. 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S

To start off, 1955 Austin A 55 is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S would be higher. At 2,996 cc (6 cylinders), 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S (148 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 97 more horse power than 1955 Austin A 55. (51 HP @ 4250 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S should accelerate faster than 1955 Austin A 55. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S weights approximately 465 kg more than 1955 Austin A 55. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

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. Let's talk about torque, 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S (230 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 120 more torque (in Nm) than 1955 Austin A 55. (110 Nm @ 2000 RPM). This means 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1955 Austin A 55.

Compare all specifications:

1955 Austin A 55 1951 Mercedes-Benz 300S
Make Austin Mercedes-Benz
Model A 55 300S
Year Released 1955 1951
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 2996 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 51 HP 148 HP
Engine RPM 4250 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 110 Nm 230 Nm
Torque RPM 2000 RPM 3800 RPM
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1055 kg 1520 kg
Vehicle Length 4250 mm 4740 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1920 mm
Vehicle Height 1570 mm 1520 mm
Wheelbase Size 2530 mm 2910 mm


 

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