One of the most famous names in automotive history, Mercedes, can trace its roots back to 1889 and the first motorcar. By 1908, they were well-established as the leading make of European cars. America was the best export market for Mercedes cars as they were favored by many high-society millionaires. Like other forward-thinking European automotive manufacturers, the company focused on the idea of a “people’s car” during the years after World War I. The 130h is Daimler-Benz’s attempt at a rear-engine car. H represents “heck”, the German word for rear. This two-door car was offered as a hardtop or cabriolet. The frame is a forked backbone design, and the usual Mercedes swing axle suspension was used. While it was not a commercial success, its ideas evolved into other cars, such as the Volkswagen Beetle.