Mercedes-Benz 500 E: A high-performance wolf in sheep’s clothing

  •  Thirty years ago, in 1990, Mercedes-Benz launched the 500 E at the Paris Motor Show
  • This was the sporty top-of-the-range model of the successful mid-sized 124 model series
  • Porsche was involved as a project partner in its development and assembly

Mercedes-Benz 500 E: A high-performance wolf in sheep’s clothing

Driving force of the Miracle on the Rhine: Mercedes-Benz L 319 and O 319 premiere in 1955

  • Van and minibus round off the product range with light commercial vehicles
  • Both are market leaders between 1955 and 1968
  • Efficient diesel engines prevail amongst traders
  • The front design, also featuring elements from the 300 SL “Gullwing”, brings a smile to many faces nowadays

Driving force of the Miracle on the Rhine: Mercedes-Benz L 319 and O 319 premiere in 1955

The epitome of the automobile: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • The Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Highlights
  • The tradition of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class and preceding model series since 1951
  • Innovations and facts: S-Class and preceding model series
  • The S-Class and preceding model series in the international press

The epitome of the automobile: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

25 years of Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the 210 model series

    • In 1995, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 210 model series and therefore the new generation of E-Class
    • First E-Class with the twin-headlamp face, introduced in a coupé study in 1993
    • Average sales of more than 200,000 vehicles per year established the saloon as the best-selling vehicle of the luxury class in the world
    • The estate of the 210 model series had an unrivalled spaciousness

    A new generation of E-Class began its successful journey a quarter of a century ago: in 1995, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 210 model series. It was the first time the E-Class with twin headlamps looked out at the world and promptly received the “red dot” design award. Another premiere in the luxury class was the choice between three design and equipment lines: CLASSIC, ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE. The standard equipment included countless technical highlights from the electronic traction system (ETS) to the seat belt force limiter. Further innovations such as side airbags – a world premiere in this market segment – rain sensors and xenon headlamps were also available as special equipment.

25 years of Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the 210 model series

Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse Cabriolet Coupe

  • A traditional line since the “Stroke/8” Coupé (model series 114) from 1968
  • The first cabriolet in this market segment made its debut in 1991 in the 124 model series
  • Enduring fascination as a classic car of the past, a recent classic and a future classic

Elegant, sporty and luxurious: in the history of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, this is reflected in particular in the two-door coupé and cabriolet variants. These vehicles combine the classic virtues of the E-Class – exemplary safety and comprehensive long-distance comfort – with particular aesthetic finesse. To this day, it is these strengths that continue to make the E-Class Coupés and Cabriolets so successful. That model series’ direct tradition began more than 50 years ago with the Stroke/8 Coupés of the 114 model series and almost 30 years ago with the cabriolets of the 124 model series.

Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse Cabriolet Coupe

Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 made its debut 45 years ago

  • The 8-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.9 litres and 210 kW (286 hp) reaches a top speed of 225 km/h
  • Brave introduction in the wake of the oil shock
  • Press review: the “world’s best vehicle” and showing “courage” and “optimism about the future”

A clear commitment to power 45 years ago: in spring 1975 Mercedes-Benz introduced model series 116’s new, top-of-the-line model, the 450 SEL 6.9. The high-performance saloon was one of the fastest vehicles at the time, as only very few sports cars were able to reach even higher speeds. Nowadays, it’s a sought-after classic. “The 450 SEL 6.9 is a brand icon,” Patrik Gottwick says as the Head of ALL TIME STARS, Mercedes-Benz Classic’s own vehicle retailer. “Model series 116 vehicles have become very sought-after on the market, especially the ones with 6.9-litre M 100 engine. We have noticed a significant increase in demand over the past years and recent auction results show that the value of the 450 SEL 6.9 is on the up. The reasons for this being its levels of refined motoring, everyday qualities as a classic car and the very low production numbers of a mere 7380 vehicles.”

Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 made its debut 45 years ago

Mercedes-Benz racing driver Sir Stirling Moss has passed away at the age of 90

    •  In the 1955 season, Stirling Moss, born in 1929 in England, wrote motorsport history with the Silver Arrows from Mercedes-Benz
    •  Enduring best time in the Mille Miglia: 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds for 1,000 miles
    •  An exceptional motorsport talent and a great career
    •  Committed as an ambassador of motorsport and as a Brand Ambassador of Mercedes-Benz

“Mercedes-Benz will keep the memory of a great character and racing driver alive and honoured,” says Christian Boucke, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. “Sir Stirling Moss died on 12 April 2020. He was a star of the Mercedes-Benz racing team in the 1955 season. Triumphs such as the overall victory of the Mille Miglia in absolute record time and victory in the British Grand Prix will ensure that his name will forever be closely linked with the motorsport successes of this brand. Thank you, Stirling!”

Mercedes-Benz racing driver Sir Stirling Moss has passed away at the age of 90

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