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

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

Sep 2, 2020
Stuttgart
Mercedes-Simplex 60 hp built in 1904. Studio photo (side view, right) of the elegant and luxurious touring car per sonally owned by Emil Jellinek. The vehicle has formed part of the company's vehicle collection since 1952 and has been on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum for many years.
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Mercedes-Simplex 60 hp built in 1904. Studio photo (front view) of the elegant and luxurious touring car personally owned by Emil Jellinek. The vehicle has formed part of the company's  vehicle collection since 1952 and has been on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum for many years.
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Mercedes-Simplex 60 hp built in 1904. Studio photo (rear left view) of the elegant and luxurious touring car personally owned by Emil Jellinek. The vehicle has formed part of the company's vehicle collection since 1952 and has been on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum for many years.
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Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460 (W 08, 1928 to 1933). Studio photo (side view, right) of a Pullman Saloon built in 1929.
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Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460 (W 08, 1928 to 1933). Studio photo (front view) of a Pullman Saloon built in 1929.
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Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460 (W 08, 1928 to 1933). Studio photo (rear left view) of a Pullman Saloon built in 1929.
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Mercedes-Benz 320 (W 142, 1937 to 1942). Studio photo (side view, right) of a Pullman Saloon produced in 1939.
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Mercedes-Benz 320 (W 142, 1937 to 1942). Studio photo (front view) of a Pullman Saloon produced in 1939.
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Mercedes-Benz 320 (W 142, 1937 to 1942). Studio photo (rear left view) of a Pullman Saloon built in 1939.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 (W 187, 1951 to 1954). Studio photo (side view, right) of an example produced in 1951.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 (W 187, 1951 to 1954). Studio photo (front view) of an example produced in 1951.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 (W 187, 1951 to 1954). Studio photo (rear left view) of an example produced in 1951.
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Mercedes-Benz W 180/W 128 model series "Ponton" Saloon (1954 to 1959), operating concept. Photo of a 220 S Saloon produced in 1957, taken in 2005.
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Mercedes-Benz W 180/W 128 model series "Ponton" Saloon (1954 to 1959), operating concept. Photo of a 220 S Saloon produced in 1957, taken in 2005.
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Mercedes-Benz W 180/W 128 model series "Ponton" Saloon (1954 to 1959), display concept. Photo of a 220 S Saloon produced in 1957, taken in 2005.
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Mercedes-Benz W 180/W 128 model series "Ponton" Saloon (1954 to 1959), exterior. Photo of a 220 S Saloon produced in 1957, taken in 2005.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 "Ponton" (W 180, 1954 to 1956). Studio photo (side view) of an example produced in 1955.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 "Ponton" (W 180, 1954 to 1956). Studio photo (front view) of an example produced in 1955.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 "Ponton" (W 180, 1954 to 1956). Studio photo (rear left view) of an example produced in 1955.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 S "Ponton" (W 180, 1956 to 1959).
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The first 563 examples of the new "Ponton" models 190 (W 121), 219 (W 105) and 220 S (W 180) are ready at the Sindelfingen plant. On 4 May 1956 they embarked on a rally to company-owned Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlets as well as dealerships, where  they were presented to the public one day later.
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Mercedes-Benz W 111/W 112 model series "Tailfin" saloon (1959 to 1965), operating concept. Photo of a long-wheelbase 300 SE, produced in 1964, taken in 2005.
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Long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz 300 SE, "Tailfin" (W 112, 1963 to 1965), exterior. Photo of a vehicle produced in 1964, taken in 2005.
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Mercedes-Benz W 111/W 112 model series "Tailfin saloon" (1959 to 1965), vehicle interior with dashboard. Photo of a long-wheelbase 300 SE, produced in 1964, taken in 2005.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 SE "Tailfin" (W 111, 1959 to 1965). Studio photo (side view, right) of an example produced in 1964.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 SE "Tailfin" (W 111, 1959 to 1965). Studio photo (front view) of an example produced in 1964.
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Mercedes-Benz 220 SE "Tailfin" (W 111, 1959 to 1965). Studio photo (rear left view) of an example produced in 1964.
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 112, 1961 to 1965), camping scene.
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W 108/W 109 model series Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloons (1965 to 1972), operating concept and radio. Photo of a 300 SEL 6.3, produced in 1970, taken in 2005.
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Mercedes-Benz Oberklasse-Limousinen der Baureihen W 108/W 109 (1965 bis 1972), Exterieur. Foto eines 300 SEL 6.3 aus dem Baujahr 1970, aufgenommen im Jahr 2005. W 108/W 109 model series Mercedes-Benz luxury-class sal oons (1965 to 1972), exterior. Photo of a 300 SEL 6.3 produced in 1970, taken in 2005.
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Mercedes-Benz Oberklass e-Limousinen der Baureihen W 108/W 109 (1965 bis 1972), Interieur mit Instrumententafel. Foto eines 300 SEL 6.3, Baujahr 1970, aufgenommen im Jahr 2005. W 108/W 109 model series Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloons (1965 to 1972), vehicle interior with dashboard. Photo of a 300 SEL 6.3 produced in 1970, taken in 2005.
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W 108/W 109 model series Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloons (1965 to 1972). Studio photo (side view, right) of a Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 3.5 produced in 1972.
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W 108/W 109 model series Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloons (1965 to 1972). Studio photo (front view) of a Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 3.5 produced in 1972.
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W 108/W 109 model series Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloons (1965 to 1972). Studio photo (rear left view) of a Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 3.5 produced in 1972.
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 108, 1965 bis 1967), aufgenommen im Jahr 1965. Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 108, 1965 to 1967), taken in 1965.
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 (W 109, 1968 to 1972), engine compartment with 184 kW (250 hp) 6.3-litre V8 engine. A total of 6,526 units of the high-performance saloon were produced.
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Mercedes-Benz 280 S/280 SE (W 108, 1968 to 1972), winter photo from 1969.
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The 300 SEL 6.3 (W 109, 1968 to 1972) boasts the characteristics of a highly competitive racing touring car. Extensively modified examples of this model were accordingly used for test drives on the Hockenheimring circuit. Unfortunately the planned entry of three works teams in the 24-hour race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in summer 1969 came to nothing owing to tyre problems during practice.
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 (W 109, 1968 to 1972). A total of 6,526 units were produced.
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Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 (W 108, 1971 to 1972) as the tractor unit for an Eriba 700 tandem-axle caravan on the Daimler-Benz AG test track in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, 1970.
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