Stuttgart, May 28, 2021 -
“Two letters, one legend: SL”. The tactilely refined title page of the new Mercedes-Benz Classic Magazine already promises plenty – readers can feel the radiator grille with their fingertips. It depicts the oldest sports cars with this magic model designation, the 1952 300 SL racing car (W 194) with chassis number 002.
Stuttgart, May 26, 2021 -
They were unforgettable successes: at the fifth edition of the Mille Miglia in 1931, Rudolf Caracciola and his co-driver, Wilhelm Sebastian, were the non-Italians to win, and did so in a Mercedes-Benz SSKL, against the favoured local heroes.
Stuttgart, May 6, 2021 -
124 model series Mercedes-Benz Cabriolets are sought-after modern classics. They perfectly combine the passion for elegant, open-top cruising with the Stuttgart-based brand’s high technical standard in the luxury mid-range series.
Stuttgart, Apr 27, 2021 -
In the autumn of 1961, Mercedes-Benz was, once again, ahead of its time. Only by a few months this time, but the promise it contained was clear: the next spring season was sure to come. The herald of the motoring future for the coming spring was the W 111 luxury class Cabriolet, a direct predecessor of the S-Class, and was unveiled at the International Motor Show (IAA, 21 September to 1 October 1961) in Frankfurt am Main.
Stuttgart, Apr 19, 2021 -
Twenty-five years ago, Mercedes-Benz surprised not only roadster fans with its revolutionary concept: thanks to its folding vario-roof, the new SLK (R 170 model series) could transform itself from an open-top car into a coupé with a fixed, noise-insulating steel roof in less than half a minute.
Stuttgart, Apr 16, 2021 -
In 1951, no less than two passenger cars marked Mercedes-Benz’s successful return to the automotive industry’s international, post-war stage. Seventy years ago, the 300 (W 186) and 220 (W 187) models marked a genuinely fresh start.
Stuttgart, Apr 8, 2021 -
Fifty years ago, in April 1971, Mercedes-Benz initiated a new chapter in the fascinating history of the SL sports car: the 350 SL was the brand’s first SL with a V8 engine and the first model in the R 107 model series to bear the “R” abbreviation for “roadster” for the first time.
Stuttgart, Apr 6, 2021 -
What a surprising victory: The large and, despite numerous weight-saving measures, still heavy Mercedes-Benz SSKL (W 06 RS) with Rudolf Caracciola at the wheel was not considered to be a favourite in view of the Italian competition in the fifth Mille Miglia on 12 and 13 April 1931.
Stuttgart, Mar 25, 2021 -
No less than two milestones in the history of Mercedes-Benz were achieved by the important “Nice Week” racing event from 25 to 29 March 1901: 120 years ago, the era of the modern car began with the victory in Nice of the Mercedes 35 hp made by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and, at the same time, the Mercedes brand name was born.
Stuttgart, Mar 24, 2021 -
It is a rare feat for a Formula One driver to race for the same team for nine years. David Coulthard is one of those exceptions. “Between 1996 and 2004 he raced for McLaren-Mercedes 150 times and won 12 Grand Prix races in Formula One.
Stuttgart, Mar 18, 2021 -
Congratulations! No less than four racing drivers who claimed victories in various eras at the wheel of Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be celebrating milestone birthdays this spring.
Stuttgart, Mar 16, 2021 -
In the past, the Geneva Motor Show has always been a dazzling premiere venue for Mercedes-Benz. A look back over our shoulders brings back some very special memories: thus it was, 60 years ago, that the laid-back elegance of the 220 SE Coupé (W 111) thrilled the public.
Stuttgart, Feb 25, 2021 -
On 15 February 1936, Mercedes-Benz presented the 170 V (W 136) at the International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition (IAMA) in Berlin. This marked the beginning of a success story for the brand: fifty years after the invention of the car by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler, the technically sophisticated and visually striking 170 V became a bestseller and secured Mercedes-Benz a top position in the medium-size car category. No less than 140,386 of the 170 V were produced.
Jan 7, 2021 -
With the AAVision, Mercedes-Benz opened up a new chapter in its successful strategic product initiative in January 1996: the concept car was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Stuttgart, Dec 2, 2020 -
The innovation made its preview in December 1980: the driver’s airbag and seat belt tensioner (originally termed the belt tightener) were in those days the latest, cutting-edge innovations in safety from Mercedes-Benz.
Stuttgart, Nov 12, 2020 -
Mercedes-Benz “st – sport technik” surprised the competition with its technically outstanding 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II racing touring car at a DTM invitation race in Kyalami, South Africa, on 18 November 1990.
Stuttgart, Oct 20, 2020 -
From the very first car race in the United States of America 125 years ago to claiming the top spot at rallies 40 years ago: the willingness to compete dominates the very diverse and successful motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz.
Stuttgart, Oct 13, 2020 -
As an innovation-driven brand, Mercedes-Benz has always focused on developing new drive concepts, and that applies to both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. A glance back into the past: forty years ago, Mercedes-Benz AG, as it was called then, presented the 307 E to an international audience.
Stuttgart, Oct 6, 2020 -
“500 E” – Merely mentioning this model name is enough to make many people’s eyes light up. This is because the high-performance 124 model series saloon still outshines all the other members of this generation of Mercedes-Benz mid-sized saloons.
Stuttgart, Oct 5, 2020 -
With the Mercedes-Benz 770 “Grand Mercedes”, launched 90 years ago in 1930, the brand forged ahead again in the automotive engineering field. These inherently representative cars featured exceptional driving performance and outstanding ride comfort.
Stuttgart, Sep 21, 2020 -
Mercedes-Benz continued its success story 35 years ago: The 124 model series estate celebrated its premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main between 12 and 22 September 1985.
Stuttgart, Sep 17, 2020 -
Effective cooling of the combustion engine was, and still is, a prerequisite for producing powerful engine output. Vehicle designer Wilhelm Maybach was the first to demonstrate this fact 120 years ago.
Stuttgart, Aug 10, 2020 -
The history of the E-Class has its place at the heart of the Mercedes-Benz brand. It is a tradition of a family of innovative, fascinating and diverse cars in the upper medium-size and premium categories.
Stuttgart, Jul 10, 2020 -
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.
Stuttgart, Mar 19, 2020 -
Fascinating sports car icon and media favourite, laboratory on wheels for the development of the Wankel engine and testing new technologies and, last, but not least, legendary record-breaking car: the Mercedes-Benz C 111 is all this and much more.
Stuttgart, Mar 12, 2020 -
Impressive première 30 years ago: In 1990, Mercedes-Benz launched the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II from the 201 model series. The high-performance sports saloon was the road-legal version of the DTM touring race car of the same name. The saloon, built in a small run of only 502 cars and always finished in blue-black metallic, can easily be recognised by its mighty rear wing for motorsport use.
Stuttgart, Nov 20, 2019 -
Lewis Hamilton, Mika Häkkinen, Juan Manuel Fangio, Rudolf Caracciola and many more besides: Mercedes-Benz racing drivers are celebrated as heroes in the history of motor racing by their fans. Their victories range from the latest double in the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship back to the birth of motorsport 125 years ago.
Stuttgart, Nov 19, 2019 -
Models with a greatly differing performance range and a motorsport homologation model: the spectrum of vehicles by Mercedes-Benz that premiered in 1990 is broad. The cars of these types registered for the first time in that same year can receive a classic car assessment in 2020.
Stuttgart, Oct 31, 2019 -
Mercedes-Benz received the “Goldener Klassiker” (golden classic) award no less than four times on 29 October 2019: Readers of the “Auto Bild Klassik” magazine voted the S-Class series 126, introduced in 1979, in the saloon category, the series R 129 SL, presented in 1989, in the cabriolet and roadster category, and the G-Class, which has been rolling off the production line for the past 40 years, in the cross-country vehicle category, as their favourites.
Stuttgart, Oct 2, 2019 -
Three DTM championship titles, three Le Mans victories, the 1998 FIA GT championship and countless further triumphs: Klaus Ludwig is one of the most successful touring car and sports car racing drivers ever.
Stuttgart, Sep 19, 2019 -
A pioneer of modern design and a technology trendsetter with airbags, optimised aerodynamics and deliberate weight reduction: this is what the 126 series Mercedes-Benz S-Class stood for, presented 40 years ago in September 1979 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main.
Stuttgart, Sep 17, 2019 -
British racing driver Stirling Moss became a star of the Mercedes-Benz racing department in 1955. He celebrated outstanding victories with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car (W 196 S) and was Formula 1 runner-up world champion with the W 196 R. His successes are highlights of 125 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport history.
Stuttgart, Sep 11, 2019 -
A visionary design in form, drive system and materials: The Mercedes-Benz C 111 thrilled both the motoring world and the public when it celebrated its debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main 50 years ago.
Stuttgart, Sep 5, 2019 -
International Motor Show in September 1969 in Frankfurt am Main: Mercedes-Benz presented not one, but three luxury vehicles with the new M 116 V8 engine with 3.5 litres of displacement rated to 147 kW (200 hp): the 300 SEL 3.5 (W 109), 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet and 280 SE 3.5 Coupé (W 111).
Stuttgart, Aug 22, 2019 -
At the 12th Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Rally and in the big “125 Years of Motorsport” anniversary year, Mercedes-Benz Classic looks back on the sportiness in the genes of the brand. Two SL sports cars of the W 113 and R 129 model series will be starting.
Stuttgart, Aug 1, 2019 -
Her overall victory at the 1962 Argentinian Touring Car Grand Prix in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111) is the greatest motorsport success of Ewy Rosqvist – and a highlight in 125 years of motorsport at Mercedes-Benz. On 3 August 2019, the rally driver and brand ambassador of Mercedes-Benz Classic is celebrating her 90th birthday.