Mercedes-Benz Club of America
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Mercedes-Benz Club of America

Prior to 1952, only 34 new Mercedes-Benz automobiles were registered in the United States, but enthusiasts were hard at work to form a club. Dr. Milton J. Allen of Summit, New Jersey petitioned Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart for permission to use the name and trademark for this purpose in 1955. Concurrently, a group of Chicago members of the British Mercedes-Benz club formed their own organization. Both groups established clubs and were chartered in 1956.

The Easterners were joined by a newly formed Western group, received factory sanction, adopted the name Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Inc. and grew to 500 members in 19 states by 1957. In 1959, they merged with the Midwestern group, forming a truly national club and today membership is over 25,000 in 89 sections.

Although the Mercedes-Benz Club of America is not an affiliate of Mercedes-Benz USA or DaimlerChysler, the Club does enjoy the unique position of being sanctioned by MBUSA (formerly Mercedes-Benz of North America). Since MBCA's inception in 1956, a Mercedes-Benz representative has provided liason in support of the club's functions, activities, and business affairs. In addition, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler-Benz have supplied generous quantities of historical and technical information and assistance. The club is very proud of this relationship and its permission to use the name and trademark of Mercedes-Benz.