The Mercedes 280SL has mellowed magnificently. In 1963, the new SLs took over the sports mantle of the aging 190SL. They evolved from the original 230SL, through the 250SL, and on to the 280SL. The most remarkable thing is how modern they look, for with their simple, clean-shaven good looks, it is hard to believe … [Read more…]
With its gorgeous gullwing doors raised, the 300SL looked like it could fly. And with them lowered shut it really could, rocketing beyond 140 mph (225 km/h) and making its contemporary supercar pretenders look ordinary. Derived from the 1952 Le Mans-winning racer, these mighty coupes were early forebears of modern supercars like the Jaguar XJ220 … [Read more…]
The combination of German engine technology and advanced British racing-car design capability has seen the McLaren Mercedes team achieve success at the world’s Grand Prix circuits. They have also teamed up to produce one of the world’s most impressive sports cars, the Mercedes SLR McLaren, assembled at McLaren’s ultra-modern Woking HQ.
Mercedes wasn’t prepared to let the snazzy BMW Z3 and Porsche Boxster have the sporting arena all to themselves, and launched the SLK R170 compact roadster in 1997 to grab a slice of the action. This plainly styled but pleasing sports car followed the lead of Mitsubishi’s 3000GT Spyder, featuring a retractable hardtop that changed … [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]