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Mercedes-Benz

Overview

Mercedes-Benz can trace its heritage back to the dawn of motoring when Daimler-Benz produced the worlds first internal combustion engine (1885). The name Mercedes came from the daughter of one of Benz's directors and was officially adopted in 1926, bringing together the two names.

From the 1930's a stream of amazing models has continued to flow from the German giant including the great pre-WW2 cars, 300SL, giant 600 and modern S-Class models. Today the company continues to lead the world in automotive engineering and quality after its recent merger with US giant Chrysler.

Source: Motorbase

1901-to date

Gottlieb Daimler and his partner Wilhelm Maybach developed at their workshop in Bad Cannstatt a high-speed petrol engine which they fitted to a carriage in 1886. In 1900 an Austrian businessman living in Nice, Emil Jellinek, who had bought a Daimler in 1896 and then sold a few to his friends, persuaded Daimler to design something new. When the car, named Mercédès after Jellinek’s daughter, was shown at 'Nice Week' in March 1901, it caused a sensation. Featuring a pressed-steel chassis giving a low build, mechanically-operated inlet-valves for better engine control, a gate-gearchange for ease of use, and a honeycomb radiator, the overall refinement of the Mercédès was immediately recognised.

The cars were bought by the elite of the motoring world for touring in the grand manner whilst the Mercédès reputation was further enhanced by winning a number of top rank races including the 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup and the French Grand Prix races of 1908 and 1914.

In the difficult German economic climate of the 1920s the Daimler-Mercedes concern and the Benz Company amalgamated in 1926 and the future of these two pioneer marques was secured.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

Models produced by Mercedes-Benz

130H

130H

1934-1936

150

150

1935-1936

170

170

1931-1936

170

170

1947-1955

170SD

170SD

1953-1955

170SV

170SV

1953-1955

170V

170V

1936-1940

180

180

1953-1962

180D

180D

1954-1962

190

190

1956-1965

190

190

1961-1965

190

190

1983-1993

190 16-V

190 16-V

1985-1993

190D

190D

1961-1965

190SL

190SL

1954-1963

200

1932-1936

200

200

1965-1968

200/260 Stuttgart

200/260 Stuttgart

1928-1933

200D

200D

1965-1968

200D/240D

200D/240D

1975-1984

200E/230E

200E/230E

1987-0

219

219

1956-1959

220

220

1951-1955

220

220

1968-1973

220A

220A

1954-1956

220D

220D

1968-1973

220S

220S

1956-1959

220S Cabriolet

220S Cabriolet

1958-1959

220S Coupe

220S Coupe

1956-1959

220S Saloon

220S Saloon

1959-1965

220S/SE Cabriolet

220S/SE Cabriolet

1961-1965

220S/SE Coupe

220S/SE Coupe

1961-1965

220SE

220SE

1958-1959

220SE

220SE

1959-1965

230

230

1936-1939

230

230

1965-1968

230 SL Pagoda

230 SL Pagoda

1963-1971

230C/280CE Coupe

230C/280CE Coupe

1977-1985

230CE/280CE/300CE

230CE/280CE/300CE

1980-1988

230S

230S

1965-1968

230SL

230SL

1963-1967

24/160K

1926-1929

250

250

1968-1972

250CE

250CE

1968-1972

250D/300D

1985-0

250SL

250SL

1967-1968

260D

260D

1936-1939

28/95

1919-1924

280 SEL

280 SEL

1968-1970

280 SLC

280 SLC

1974-1981

280 TE

280 TE

1978-1985

280C

280C

1977-1980

280S

280S

1968-1972

280S/280SE

280S/280SE

1972-1980

280S/SE Cabriolet

280S/SE Cabriolet

1968-1972

280S/SE Coupe

280S/SE Coupe

1968-1972

280SE

280SE

1968-1972

280SE 3.5 Saloon

280SE 3.5 Saloon

1971-1972

280SE/300SE/300SEL

280SE/300SE/300SEL

1980-1991

280SL

280SL

1968-1971

280SL/300SL

280SL/300SL

1980-1985

290

290

1934-1936

300

300

1951-1957

300 Cabriolet

300 Cabriolet

1951-1956

300CE

300CE

1987-1995

300D

300D

1957-1962

300D/300TD

300D/300TD

1975-1984

300E

300E

1985-1986

300E 4-MATIC

1988-1992

300S/SC

300S/SC

1951-1958

300SE (W112)

300SE (W112)

1961-1965

300SE Cabriolet

300SE Cabriolet

1962-1967

300SE Coupe

300SE Coupe

1962-1967

300SEL

300SEL

1965-1970

300SEL 6.3

300SEL 6.3

1968-1972

300SL Coupe

300SL Coupe

1954-1957

300SL Roadster

300SL Roadster

1957-1963

320

1936-1939

350SE/450SE/350SEL

350SE/450SE/350SEL

1972-1980

350SL

350SL

1971-1980

350SLC/450SLC

350SLC/450SLC

1972-1980

370 Manheim

370 Manheim

1929-1934

380K

1933-1934

380SEC/500SEC

380SEC/500SEC

1981-1986

420 SL

420 SL

1985-1989

450SEL 6.9

450SEL 6.9

1975-1980

450SL

450SL

1971-1980

460/500N Nurburg

460/500N Nurburg

1928-1939

500 E

500 E

1990-1995

500 SL

500 SL

1980-1989

500K

500K

1934-1936

540K

540K

1936-1939

560SEL

560SEL

1986-1991

600

600

1963-1981

600 Pullman

600 Pullman

1963-1980

710 SS

710 SS

1934-0

770 Pullman

770 Pullman

1938-1943

A-Class

A-Class

2004-2004

C-Class 4 Dr Sal

C-Class 4 Dr Sal

2004-2004

C-Class Estate

C-Class Estate

2004-2004

C-Class Sport Cpe

2004-2004

CL

CL

2004-2004

CLK Cabriolet

CLK Cabriolet

2004-2004

CLK Coupe

CLK Coupe

1996-2002

E 63 AMG

2006-0

E-Class 4 Dr Sal

E-Class 4 Dr Sal

2004-2004

E-Class Estate

2004-2004

E55 AMG

E55 AMG

1998-0

G-WAGEN

G-WAGEN

1979-0

Grosser

Grosser

1930-1937

Grosser

Grosser

1938-1940

M-Class

2004-2004

S

S

1927-1930

S-Class

S-Class

1991-0

S-Class

S-Class

2004-2004

S-Class (W116)

S-Class (W116)

1972-1980

S-Class (W126)

S-Class (W126)

1979-1991

SL

2004-2004

SL300

SL300

1989-1993

SL500

SL500

1989-0

SL600

SL600

1993-0

SLK

SLK

2004-2004

SS

SS

1928-1935

SSK

SSK

1928-1932

SSKL

SSKL

1929-1932

Vaneo

2004-2004

Viano

2004-2004