Typ 200 var den første bilen som ble utviklet etter sammenslåingen av Daimler og Benz, til Daimler-Benz.
Bilen var utstyrt med motoren M 02, som var 2 liter 6 sylinder fire-takter, på 38 HK.
Although a fine engine for its time, the M 02 was rapidly tweaked to offer more power and soon evolved into next-generations models.
However, the basic architecture of the engine was kept for a long a time, placing the W 02 among some of the best engines produced by Mercedes.
Also, the 8/38 would provide the foundation for a trade-mark styling that would prove to be very persistent, such as the Prominent wheel arches, wide door sills, reversed shield grille and circular headlamps.