When it comes to classic cars, Mercedes-Benz built some of the coolest and toughest around. So we going to enjoy some real fun time having a look at some of the coolest classic cars to ever come out of Mercedes-Benz plants.
The Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Coupe was a true Classic delivered by Daimler-Benz to the world in the early 1950s. The Gullwing Coupe would go on to gain cult status and is currently regarded as a legend in the classic term.
The Gullwing came with a 3.0 L, 6 cylinder engine that was able to supply power output of about 215 hp. The two-door, rear-wheel-drive sports car was built with a capacity to reach a top speed of 162 mph.
Only about 1400 units of the Gullwing Coupe were built at Daimlers Sindelfingen plant during the period of 4 years (from 1954 to 1957) before the Roadster version of 300 SL was introduced that would end up retiring and succeeding the Gullwing.
The 300 SL Coupe currently attracts about $700,000 in auction pricing
Classic car enthusiasts have always reminisced the iconic flying door
Mercedes-Benz did not bring it to mass production, hence only 1,400 were produced
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The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was surely one of Daimler-Benz's most successful motorsport cars of the 50s. In fact, during the 1955 racing season, the Mercedes-Benz SLR won the first spot.
Besides its racing prowess, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was also as classic as they come with its enviable and delicate exterior design, its excellent handling and crazy acceleration also made it one of those special cars. Tha's because it was built with a 3.0-Liter, 8 cylinder engine that was produced about 302 hp and could attain a maximum speed of about 180 mph.
The hardtop version of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR became a company car assigned to Rudolf Uhlenhaut, Daimler-Benz's head of the Test Department after the disaster of the 1955 Le Mans. As a result, this hardtop version was nicknamed the Uhlenhaut Coupe and would unfortunately not make it to the race tracks after Mercedes-Benz called off its motorsport activities.
The 300 SLR left a mark to remember on the track during its very short stint of competing
The 300 SLR was later a company car specially assigned to Rudolf Uhlenhaut
The successor of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster was introduced to the world at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show. The momentum behind the conversion of the Gullwing to the Roadster was the increasing popularity of two-door sports cars with open roofs towards the tail end of the 1950s. The rising two doors of the Gullwing made way for the open roof design which was the clamor of customers at that time.
The Roadster's engine remained almost unchanged with what was found on the Gullwing except for a little hike (20 hp) in the power output for one of the two body designs the roadster came with. The Roadster, as well, came with a redesigned rear axle and disc brakes.
The 300 SL Roadster W198 paved the way for open-roof cars
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster succeeded the Gullwing Coupe 300 SL model
This incredible classic car from Mercedes-Benz for surely a next turner mainly as it sported this bright orange body paint that made her almost impossible to ignore or miss. The C111 was a series of models with each representing several months of modification and technical turning. The very first C111 was presented to the public at the 1969 Frankfurt International Motor Show.
The coating of yellow paint makes it irresistible
The Mercedes-Benz C111 came with a Fiberglass reinforced body
The first models of the C111 utilized a three-rotor Wankel rotary engine but further modifications and the global oil crisis of the 1970s meant that the Wankel engine was swapped in favor of the 3-cylinder diesel engine. Its body was made with fiber-glass reinforced plastic, a material that was going to result in the C111 not making it to full production.
A collection of Mercedes-Benz C111 models at the Mercedes Museum
The two-seater Mercedes-Benz 250 SL production lasted for just two years from 1966 to 1968 making it one of the rarest classic pieces ever to be built by Mercedes-Benz.
It came with an all-new 2.5 Liter Inline 6 cylinder M129 engine and an option of three transmissions, the 4 or 5-speed manual transmission, and the 4-speed automatic transmission. The engine could deliver as much as 148 hp and 159 lb-ft torque.
The 250 SL was offered in a number of body styles including the hardtop versions and the cabriolet body style. The 250 SL currently attracts as much as $100,000 in auction price.
Its production spanned only 2 years
The sedan body type is very hard to be seen nowadays
Aside from the hardtop version, an open-top was available too
The Mercedes-Benz SL 250 has a current price tag set at $100,000
The Mercedes-Benz 600 remains one of the most sought after Classic Limousines of all time, even attached with the nickname the favorite vehicle of notorious figures. This elegant luxury ride was the flagship model of Mercedes-Benz at the time and housed the company's largest engine of that era.
Production of the Mercedes-Benz 600 started sometime in 1963 and was offering different body styles while also coming in two wheelbase lengths. The standard and shorter wheelbase were used in building the standard Mercedes-Benz 600. On the other hand, the longer wheelbase was utilized in building the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman with the Landaulet body style.
One of the most sought after classic Limousines
The Mercedes-Benz 600 was initially powered by a 6.3 Liter M100 V8 engine that supplied a usable power output of about 250 hp and 371 lb-ft of torque. But by 1968 this engine was replaced by a 6.8 Liter M100 engine that delivered 282 hp and 410 lb-ft torque. Till this day, the Mercedes-Benz 600 and the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet remain one of the most iconic and most wanted Limousine models.
It was badged a bad name with the favor of notorious figures
The Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet viewed from behind
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This was another classic built by Mercedes-Benz just after the end of the Second World War. It was such a stately and grand auto piece that Germany's first-ever Chancellor Konrad Adenauer would have several body designs of the W186 in his fleet. As a result, the W186 will be nicknamed the “Adenauer Mercedes” in recognition of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's love for the car.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 W186 was built on the very reliable X-frame chassis and came with a 3.0 Liter Inline 6 cylinder M186 engine that was accompanied by a 4-speed manual transmission which worked together to supply about 113 hp.
The vehicle came with features like the safety door lock that kept the doors on lock except intentionally opened by the driver or passenger, heating and air conditioning options, as well as the power steering.
Emerging from the second world war, the car was expected to resume the manufacturer's influence in the car market
Adenauer Mercedes was Mercedes-Benz's statement car after the WWII
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|1||Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupé W198|
|2||Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupé”|
|3||Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster W198|
|4||Mercedes-Benz C111 Series|
|5||Mercedes-Benz 250 SL|
|7||Mercedes-Benz 300 W186|