Austrian Visits Imotski, World Mercedes Capital, In Her 1931 Oldtimer

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Braco Ćosić for Slobodna Dalmacija
Braco Ćosić for Slobodna Dalmacija

We’ve written about the connections between the inland Dalmatian town of Imotski and the Mercedes Benz cars in the past, including their plans to build a monument to their beloved car. Of course, things didn’t go as planned, almost nothing did in the past two years, but even before the monument was built, Imotski was visited by two amazing guests this summer.

The first is Hermi Kürner, a renowned visual artist from the town of Wels in Austria. The second is her Mercedes 170, a ninety-year-old oldtimer, in which Frau Kürner did a tour of the Adriatic, and couldn’t resist a visit to Imotski. Braco Ćosić writes for Slobodna Dalmacija about the visit, which was prompted by an article about the town in the “Mercedes-Benz me Magazine”. Mrs. Kürner actually drove around the South-Eastern Europe in the 1931 oldtimer, which she says is the only one left in the world. You can see some photos of her adventures on her Facebook site, including some photos which were taken while driving the old car on the Croatian highways, which we in no way endorse!

She has travelled over 3500 kilometres already on this tour, with her plans to make it a nice round 5000 by the time she comes back home. She has an entire collection of the oldtimer cars, but if you plan to visit Imotski – you gotta do that in an oldtimer Mercedes, right? The president of the Imotski Mercedes Association, Ivan Topić Nota organised the car to be shown to the public in Imotski, where a lot of interested Merz fans came out to see the six-cylinder, 32-horse-power oldtimer.

Mrs. Kürner expressed her desire to be present at the Mercedes monument opening in Imotski. Maybe her 1931 car can also make an appearance as a special guest star!


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