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A special car jointly developed by Mercedes, Porsche, and Volkswagen


IranThe car is called MPV Tehran Type 1972, in which MPV is an acronym for three German car manufacturers including Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen.

MPV Tehran Type 1972 was the “toy” of Rezza Pahlavy, son of ousted king Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who fled Iran in 1979. Since then, models that once belonged to the Iranian royal family are considered as part of the national heritage and is on display at the Automotive History Museum of Iran. The museum currently has about 1,200 vehicles.

MPV Tehran Type – the only model with the joint development and production of Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen. Photo: Rouzbeh_m

MPV Tehran Type is a gift from the German Embassy to the royal family of Iran – ie the “unique” version. The model is also the only product that the German trio has co-produced, with the logos of all three lined up in a vertical line on the car. The word “MPV” in the car’s name is the abbreviation for Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen, not the MPV multi-purpose vehicle.

Convertible, painted orange, with only one seat. Length 3,850 mm, width 161.5 mm, height 910 mm. Wheelbase 2,258 mm.

Logos on the side of the vehicle are arranged in the order in which the companies appear in the initials.  Photo: Detta är Iran

Logos on the side of the vehicle are arranged in the order in which the companies appear in the initials. Photo: Detta är Iran

With a 4-cylinder engine, MPV Tehran Type has a capacity of 80 horsepower and a maximum speed of 170 km / h. The car has two keys. One made of silver, the speed limit is only 30 km/h. The other is made of gold, allowing the car to reach a maximum speed of 170 km / h.

MPV Tehran Type gave it to the royal family when Rezza was 12 years old and is said to let the little prince learn to drive.

Visitors are standing in front of the Tehran Type MPV and other vehicles on display at the Iranian Automobile History Museum.  Photo: AFP

Visitors are standing in front of the Tehran Type MPV and other vehicles on display at the Iranian Automobile History Museum. Photo: AFP

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