Mercedes-Benz A-Class W168 – 1997


It was new and very different from anything Mercedes-Benz had produced previously — and the A Class W168 involved the company in a steep learning curve. This compact car was designed as a mass-market entry-level model that would spread the prestige of driving a Merc to a wider customer base than ever before. It was … [Read more…]

Mercedes-Benz 380 SL – 1980

Mercedes-Benz 380 SL-1980

This is one of the all-time great roadsters, part of the celebrated Mercedes-Benz R107 series produced from 1971 to 1989. Like all Mercedes series, models and versions came and went. The 380 SL was introduced in 1980 as a two-seater convertible with a standard soft and hard top. It gave rise to a stretched version, … [Read more…]

Mercedes-Benz R107 SLC – 1972


The official Mercedes codename for its 1970s Sports Leicht was `R107′ but in the trade it was nicknamed the Panzerwagen because, although somewhat lighter than a tank, it weighed around 1,550 kg (3,400 lbs) — 140 kg (300 lbs) more than the 1960s Pagoda 230SL. It was only marginally lower, longer and wider than the … [Read more…]

Mercedes-Benz G Class W460 – 1979


If you’re thinking of driving into a war zone, the Gelandewagen (rough terrain wagon) is just what you’re after. It owes its distinctly military appearance to its origins as an army car. Supposedly, the G Class emerged out of a proposal from the Shah of Iran, who wanted a military vehicle (maybe because he was … [Read more…]

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 – 1969

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 - 1969

The super-luxurious 280 SE 3.5 made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969, giving convincing evidence of the Stuttgart company’s increasing self-confidence as it advanced towards major international status by offering its first V-powered sporty car.

Mercedes-Benz 600 – 1963

Mercedes-Benz 600 - 1963

A newly minted Merc hit the road in 1963, specifically designed to compete with Rolls-Royces and the finest top-of-the-range American limousines. The Mercedes-Benz 600 was a large, luxurious car that was intended to be chauffeur driven, as most models had a powered divider window that separated the driver and passenger compartments.

Mercedes-Benz 230 SL – 1963


The racing-derived Mercedes 300SL coupe with gullwing doors was the must-have sports car of the mid-1950s. It was the first of the SL (Sport Leicht = Light Sports) class that has continued to the present day, though subsequent SLs haven’t quite recaptured the glamour of the sensually rounded 300SL – also offered as a roadster … [Read more…]

Mercedes Benz 300 SL – 1955

Mercedes Benz 300 SL - 1955

At least one major poll declared the Mercedes 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ to be ‘Sports Car of the Twentieth Century’. And it’s true: more than fifty years after its introduction, its aerodynamic finesse has the undimmed, futuristic beauty of a timeless thoroughbred; and its original ergonomic brilliance still makes it one of the most pleasing cars … [Read more…]

Mercedes-Benz 540K – 1936


Following the creation of Mercedes-Benz in 1926, the merged company prospered by producing mass-market models. But it also maintained a prestigious niche as a supplier of fine custom- built vehicles to the European elite, who demanded superior build quality, high performance and exclusivity.