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Mercedes-Benz: Classic and performance range review

Mercedes-Benz: Classic and performance range review Classic and Performance Car
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Mercedes-Benz is generally acknowledged as being the world’s first automobile company, the three pointed star has its roots dating way back to 1886 with Karl Benz’s invention of the first petrol powered internal combustion automobile. The Daimler Motor Corporation which built their Mercedes brand of automobiles starting in 1901 collaborated on numerous ventures with Benz and through this the Mercedes-Benz automobile company was formed in 1926. 
 
Since these early days Mercedes-Benz has always been a company that thrives on innovation and strives for excellence, it has remained steadfastly at the forefront of automotive design and in the process produced some industry leading automobiles. From the early racers that trialled developmental technologies on the track to a range of peerless luxury passenger cars, Mercedes has lead the way. Introducing dozens of game changing technologies along the way the brand remains one of the leading automotive brands to this day.
 
Buying a classic Mercedes
 
There have been numerous historically significant Mercedes’ over the years, one of the first, the 1928 SSK sports car was designed by none other than Ferdinand Porsche just before he moved on to start his own company. This two door convertible featured a supercharged 300bhp 7.1L inline 6 cylinder engine and became one of the most successful racers of its era. With fewer than 40 built only 5 are thought to have survived, being so influential to so many subsequent Mercedes designs is reflected in the value of one that sold at auction in 2004 for £4 000 000. 
 
With road cars like the 500K which debuted in 1934 and the updated 540K, Mercedes firmly established itself as a manufacturer of some of the finest luxury automobiles in the world. Featuring an optional supercharger, advanced suspension design and bespoke coachwork they set the standards in their day and the remaining cars from the combined production run of around 760 are highly valued with a recent example fetching £9m in 2012.
 
At the other end of the automotive spectrum, 1936 saw the introduction of the world’s first diesel powered passenger car, the 260D. Producing 45bhp from its 2.5L 4-cylinder engine it could manage a heady 59mph, more importantly it consumed far less fuel than its petrol powered stablemates and was the precursor to many more diesel powered passenger vehicles.
 
The Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula One car was another extremely successful race car, winning the 1954-55 world championships and debuting some very advanced technology such as mechanical fuel injection that was to find its way into the 300SL road car a year later. The only W196 in private hands and not owned by the Mercedes-Benz museum was auctioned for the not inconsiderable sum of £ 20M in 2013 indicating how historically significant these models are. 
 
With Mercedes withdrawing globally from all forms of racing due to a tragic accident at Le Mans in 1955, their full focus turned to the luxury passenger car market. This era saw the introduction of the aforementioned 300SL, a 160mph technological tour-de-force with a stunning body and very distinctive gullwing doors. Convertible versions forego those doors but are the better handlers and values for both versions can reach as high as £ 3 500 000. The lower spec 190SL introduced two years later is somewhat more affordable but there is hope for those on a tighter budget as there are still affordable models to be found in subsequent SL ranges. 
 
The luxury saloon fan looking for a Mercedes from the 60s and 70s is also well catered for, from the bullet proof W123 E-class variants that still circle the globe as million mile taxis, to the 6.9L 450 SEL which was arguably the world’s first super saloon, featuring ABS braking for the first time in a passenger car. This was probably a good idea seeing as it weighed 4200 pounds and had over 280bhp at its disposal. Its precursor the 300 SEL was another memorable car, capable of 142mph it is the spiritual forefather to today’s fire breathing AMG creations. The S-Class also made its debut in 1965 and for those looking for the last word in opulence the Mercedes-Benz 600 with a 6.3L V8, hydraulically operated everything and a very limited production run of 2677 units was a favourite amongst celebrities and dictators alike.
 
Buying a modern Mercedes
 
The modern era of Mercedes began in the mid 1980s, with growing competition from rivals both in Germany and abroad as well as an economy reeling from the 70s oil crisis it was decided that a more youthful image and focus on efficient engines would help grow market share. To this end the W124 E-Class featured a polarising modern new body shell and introduced a range of fuel injected power plants including the world’s fastest turbo diesel estate, the 300TD. The 190E meanwhile took the fight to the compact executive class. The 2.3-16 Cosworth, initially with 185bhp was the first in a long line of powerful compact saloon cars, a segment not visited by Mercedes until this point. Values are on the rise with mint examples worth £ 20 000 and more. 
 
The period around the turn of the century saw the Mercedes Benz range grow exponentially from the core C,E and S class to SUVs, shooting brakes and compact MPVs and convertibles all vying for attention. The late 90s also saw the burgeoning range of performance Mercedes vehicles being amalgamated under the AMG brand leading to a myriad of AMG variants which are now represented in most segments from the compact A45 to the evergreen G wagon. The extreme Black Series cars push the performance envelope even further.
 
Customers demand for more power and luxury saw Mercedes introduce the SLR supercar in 2003. Jointly developed with McLaren automotive it reintroduced the iconic gullwing doors and featured a luxurious cockpit from which to appreciate its 626bhp 5.4L supercharged V8. Values today can range up to £ 400 000 for the limited edition 722 Stirling Moss editions.
 
The SLS which followed was Mercedes’ own design and perhaps a more direct 300SL successor, the 6.2L V8 which has featured in so many AMG cars was at its most powerful in this iteration producing up to 622bhp. The latest in the range, the AMG GT returns to traditionally hinged doors and a smaller more efficient turbocharged engine but its swooping lines and searing performance are still at the cutting edge amongst contemporary sportscars.
 
In amongst all this horsepower extreme comfort and opulence still remains a core Mercedes value and cars like the new S-Class and SL continue to lead the field.
 
Summary
 
While the majority of Mercedes-Benz products have a deserved reputation for being over engineered and long lasting there was a marked drop in quality from around 1996 to 2005, cars with air suspensions and complex electronics should also be approached with caution as maintenance costs can be prohibitive. In general however, the build quality and longevity of a Mercedes means that even decades old vehicles can be pressed into daily use as long as they have been regularly maintained. 
 
Values of older Mercedes models generally tend to rise as demand for clean, well maintained cars is always strong. SLs have always tended to gain in value once they have reached a certain age and some well used Pagoda SLs are now trading for over £50,000. Of course getting into the market at the right time can make all the difference and there are a number great cars out there from comfy old cruisers to flame spitting sports cars to choose from. 
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Last updated: 24th Jul 2016
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  • Mercedes-Benz CLS

    £24,290 £24,290

    Variant name:Cls Diesel Shooting Brake AMG Line ,Derivative:AMG Line ,Variant: 220d AMG Line Premium 5dr 7G-Tronic Mercedes-Benz CLS CLS 220d AMG Line Premium 5dr 7G-Tronic

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 18842 mi
    • Engine size: 2.1
    For sale
    £24,290 £24,290
    Marshall Motor Group-Marshall Mercedes-Benz of Southampton
    023 8008 9101 View contact number
  • Mercedes Slk 1997

    £1,599 £1,599

    CLASSIC ROADSTER CONVERTIBLE MERCEDES-BENZ SLK 230 MODEL 1997  198BHP  AUTOMATIC 2 DOORS  2 SEATS LONG MOT AND TAX ALL OPCION FOR THE MODEL,DRIVE LIKE NEW,UPGRADE WITH 17 WHEELS COMES WITH OWNER WALLET,MANUEL INSTRUCTION,SERVICE HISTORY,ALSO LOGBOOK V5 AND 2 KEYS KEYFOB AND CARDFOB  EASY CAN BE DRIVE WITH CHEAP CLASSIC INSURENCE BAD POINTS SOME SCRACH AND RUST AROUND REGULAR FOR THE AGE AND MODEL AUTOMATIC HARD TOP ROOF WORK HALF BUT, NEED ATTENCION LONG TIME NOT USE QUICK AND RELIABLE FOR ANY DESTINACION ,START ANY TIME FROM FIRST TIME. PRICE £1599 OR BEST OFFERT NATIONALWIDE DELIVERY AVAILABLE FOR EXTRA COST MOBILE 07451486711

    • Mileage: 96000 mi
    • Engine size: 2298
    For sale
    £1,599 £1,599
  • Mercedes 190 1985

    £4,995 £4,995

    Recent MOT father & son owned 32 years Always garaged c/locking PAS manual sunroof / windows,serviced ,Lots of documentation super condition plate included.only going up in value

    • Mileage: 83000 mi
    • Engine size: 1997
    For sale
    £4,995 £4,995
  • Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor 2001

    £2,000 £2,000

    Reluctant sale of my December 2001 Mercedes SLK 230 kompressor only circa 99800 miles  Will be showing its original reg number RG51CBF upon sale  Lovely smooth 2.3L Supercharged engine  Totally comprehensive service history to 95600 miles.  Firstly, the amazing history-every single receipt in its life comes with this car, even its purchase new!, you will be hard pushed to beat that. Service book (fully stamped), original books, tool kit, first aid kit and warning triangle original spare wheel & compressor etc.  Never worry about a cam belt again, these don't have one!, its a lovely free revving smooth and powerful supercharged engine, no smoke tles, knocks or leaks. Been 100% reliable within my ownership, would drive it anywhere!,  Goes like a stabbed when provoked, I hasten to add that's seldom my style, but we all have our moments!  Overall in great condition for it's age, a few small bubbles around front wheel arches, as shown in photos, but nothing that's peneted the paint. I have applied liberal amounts of rust stop and Schutz under all of the arches (a year ago), and nothing has spread since. There are a few small blemishes elsewhere, just normal age/wear and tear but nothing noticeable- just being honest!.  MOT till Sept 2019, no advisories!, (again!)  Great leather interior, electrically adjustable seats, decent Stereo with ipod dock if you want it (though not the ipod!) 4 uped speakers.  Electric windows/mirrors  Air conditioning working perfectly, and an amazing heater for the winter.  Folding roof work perfectly, no leaks, stutters or jams.  Remote central locking/Alarm, 2 keys  Loads of tread on the tyres  Stoplock the best visible theft deterrent is included  Still has the original tracker fitted if you chose to subscribe to the service!  If this advert is still here, it's still for sale- so no need to check!  No I won't accept silly offers from dealers/chancers  Genuine enquiries only please. 

    • Mileage: 99701 mi
    • Engine size: 2295
    For sale
    £2,000 £2,000
  • Mercedes-Benz CLK

    £8,223 £8,223

    Variant name:Cabriolet Sport ,Derivative:Sport ,Variant: 200K Sport 2dr [184] Tip Auto We are proud to present this lovely 2009 Mercedes CLK Cabriolet Sport presented in Tenorite Grey Metallic with a Black Leather Interior. This car has a lovely specification including 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels, Adjustable Leather Seats with Electric Adjustable Lumbar Support, 4-Spoke Multi Function Perforated Leather Steering Wheel, Electric Adjustable & Folding Wing Mirrors, Automatic Headlights, Digital Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Electric Folding Roof, Switchable Dynamic Driving Modes, Dual Climate Control, Air Conditioning, FM Radio, CD Player, Bluetooth Smart Phone Connectivity, Heated Front Seats and Front & Rear Parking Sensors. For more information on this lovely Mercedes please contact a member of our Sales Team on the phone number listed above.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 47600 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
    £8,223 £8,223
  • Mercedes-Benz CL Class

    £16,995 £16,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Comms Pack, Dual Climate Zones, DVD Player, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Immobiliser, Keyless Entry, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Retractable Headrests, Sports Seats, Rear Armrest, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Brake Assist, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Metallic Paintwork, Auto-dip Rearview, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric Sunroof, Push Button Start, CD Player, Harman Kardon, MP3 Player, Multi-Disc CD Player, Radio, Steer An exceptional example of the rare Mercedes CL500 AMG Coupe model with over £16,000 of factory options including Full AMG Exterior Styling, Passion Cream Leather Interior, Colour Wide Screen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone, DVD Player, Night Vision, Electric Tilt & Slide Glass Sunroof, 20'' AMG Alloy Wheels with new Pirelli P Zero Tyres, Ambient Interior Lighting, Solar Attenuating Glass, Cruise Control, Heated & Electric Memory Front Seats, Upgraded Harmon Kardon Audio System with 6 Disc CD Autochanger, Front Fog Lights, Soft Close Doors, Electric Tailgate, Keyless Entry & Start, Wood & Leather Multi Function Steering Wheel and much more. Just three owners from new with a full service history. This stunning car is fantastic value at this price as the cost when new was in excess of £94,000. ( All cars are fully serviced and issued with a new MOT prior to delivery ).

    • Mileage: 64795 mi
    • Engine size: 5462
    For sale
    £16,995 £16,995
  • Mercedes-Benz CL Class

    £7,490 £7,490

    Full Screen Sat Nav, 18'' Alloy Wheels, Electric Glass Sunroof, Full Black Leather Interior, Electric Memory And Heated Seats, Radio, CD Player, CD Changer, Bi Xenon Headlights, Powered Folding Mirrors, Soft Close Doors, Front And Rear PDC, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control Low Mileage With A Full Service History. Very High Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, 18'' Alloy Wheels, Electric Glass Sunroof, Full Black Dakota Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable Heated And Memory Seats, Radio CD, CD Changer, Soft Close Doors, Keyless Entry And Go, Burr Walnut Interior Trim, Part Wood Steering Wheel, Electrically Adjustable Steering Column, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Lights And Wipers, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 4 seats, Brilliant Silver Metallic, We Are A Family Run Business Specialising In Sports, Prestige And Performance Cars. Ideally Located On The Border Of Hampshire, Surrey And West Sussex. Our Showroom Is Situated A Stones Throw From The A3 And The London Waterloo To Portsmouth Train Line. All Vehicles Are HPI Checked And Come With A Comprehensive 6 Month Warranty Which Can Be Extended. We Offer Hire Purchase And PCP Finance Packages At Very Competitive Rates. Pleased To Be Approved Under The Hampshire Trading Standards 'Buy With Confidence' Scheme, Open Monday 09.00-19.00, Tuesday To Saturday 09.00-17.30 & Sundays 10.00-16.00.

    • Mileage: 81300 mi
    • Engine size: 4966
    For sale
    £7,490 £7,490
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £5,950 £5,950

    Anthracite Leather , 5 G Tronic With AMG Speedshift, Power Vario Hood, Command , Climate Control, Navigation, Multiple Airbags, Cruise Ctrl With Speed Limiter, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Memory Seats , Heated Seats, Air Scarf , Electric steering column, Front Centre Armrest, Multi-function Steering Wheel, On Board Computer, Driver Info System, Auto Headlights, Rain-Sensing Wipers, 17'' 5 Spoke Alloy, Factory Audio, Factory Alarm, Full service history Excellent Example. Previously Supplied By Ourselves. High Specification Includes Navigation & Electric Memory Seats. 12 Months Premium Warranty Included.

    • Mileage: 61000 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
    For sale
    £5,950 £5,950
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS

    £22,990 £22,990

    Variant name:CLS350 BLUETEC AMG LINE PREMIUM PLUS ,Derivative:C218 ,Variant: 2014 64 Mercedes CLS350 3.0 AMG Line Premium Plus Bluetec New to our stunning range of handpicked prestige and sports vehicles in Designo Diamond white 2014 64 Mercedes CLS350 3.0 AMG Line Premium Plus Bluetec completed 54,215 miles. You can rest assured this vehicle has been cared for and meticulously maintained supplied with full service history. Included on this stunning CLS350 is a Plethora of the most sought after extras that when ordered brand new from the supplying Mercedes dealership cost the original loving owners £4,290 and comprises of; Reversing Camera, Memory Package, Easy-Pack Quickfold - rear seats split folding 1/3:2/3, Electric glass sunroof, Technical modifications (05), Surround sound system - Harman Kardon (r) Logic 7 (r) with Dolby Digital, Remote boot closing, Keyless Go, Identification label under windshield, ECO start/stop function, KEYLESS-GO Comfort Package, Right-hand drive, designo Diamond White Metallic and AMG Line and Premium Plus Package. Also includes; Electric glass sunroof, Active park assist with parktronic system, Attention assist, Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone, Collision prevention assist, COMAND online HDD Nav with media interface, radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 8" screen, linguatronic voice control, 10GB music register, memory card slot, Multi function trip computer, Outside temperature gauge, Remote boot release, Service indicator (ASSYST PLUS), Speed sensitive power steering, Speedtronic cruise control, DAB Digital radio, Harman Kardon sound system with 14 speakers and amplifier, USB/aux input socket, AMG bodystyling plus much more. All of our cars are subject to meticulous care and preparation by our skilled technicians and bodywork experts to guarantee peace of mind. To request a personalised presentation, arrange a test drive or to simply ask for additional info, then call 01642 813 376 or speak to us on Live Chat today.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 54215 mi
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale
    £22,990 £22,990
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    £29,893 £29,893

    Variant name:SL350 AMG SPORT ,Derivative:R231 ,Variant: SL350 AMG SPORT Alloy Wheels - 19in 7-Twin-Spoke Titanium Grey, DAB Digital Radio Tuner, Audio / Communications, Reversing Camera, Interior Features, Airscarf - Neck Level Heating, Cup Holders, Panoramic Vario-Roof/Magic Sky Control, Upholstery - Nappa Leather, Wind Deflector - Electrically Operated, Sundries, Keyless Go Comfort Package, Surround Sound System - Harman/Kardon LOGIC 7, Alloy Wheels (19in), Voice Activated Controls, Audio / Communications, Cruise Control, External Temperature Display, Headlamp Wash, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3/DVD), Parking Assistant (Parking Assistant), Satellite Navigation, Speakers (Eight), Telephone Equipment (Bluetooth Interface), Trafficmaster, Tyre Pressure Control, Interior Features, Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel (Memory Rake/Reach), Central Door Locking (Remote), Centre Console, Climate Control, Electric Windows (Front), Floor Mats, Head Restraints (Front), Heated Rear Screen, Mirrors External (Memory Electric/Heated/Folding/Auto Dimming), Mirrors Internal (Automatic Dimming Rear View), Panoramic Roof (Panoramic Roof), Power-Assisted Steering, Seat Lumbar Support (Driver/Passenger Electric), Seating Capacity (Two Seats), Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger), Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Seats Sports (Front), Steering Wheel Leather, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Steering Wheel Sports, Tinted Glass, Upholstery Leather, Security, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Air Bag Side (Front Side & Front Curtain), Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Stability Programme, Exterior Lighting (Bi-Xenon Headlights), Head Light Sensor (Head Light Sensor), Immobiliser, Rain Sensor, Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners (Front), Third Brake Light, Tyre Repair Kit, Whiplash Protection System, Windscreen Wiper, Exterior Features, Chassis (Sport), Traction Control System, Miscellaneous, Non-Metallic Paint, Paint Metallic

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 31020 mi
    • Engine size: 3.5
    For sale
    £29,893 £29,893
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £14,000 £14,000

    Variant name:SLK 250 D AMG SPORT ,Derivative:2.1 SLK250d AMG Sport 7G-Tronic Plus (s/s) 2dr ,Variant: 2.1 SLK250d AMG Sport 7G-Tronic Plus (s/s) 2dr Metallic Blue, AA INSPECTED AND 3 MONTH AA WARRANTY, , THE INDEPENDENT AA INSPECTORS COMPLETE A 128 COMPREHENSIVE MULTI-POINT CHECK INCLUDING ROAD TEST PRIOR TO THE CAR BEING ADVERTISED., 1 owner, 18'' ALLOY WHEELS., L.E.D DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS., AUDIO AND VISUAL FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS, STOP / START TECHNOLOGY., FULL CREAM LEATHER INTERIOR, 3 STAGE HEATED FRONT SEATS, DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL., CRUISE CONTROL., DIGITAL DISPLAY., CD / DAB STEREO SYSTEM., SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM (NAV MEDIUM AND/OR ACTIVATION REQUIRED), BLUETOOTH., AUTOMATIC GEARBOX WITH PADDLE SHIFT.. 2 seats, This Car Has Only Had 1 Registered Owner and Has Been Used for Business Purposes, Mercedes Main Dealer Service History, 12 Months Road Tax Is £30, Value Financing Options Available, Fixed Prices, Vehicle Price When New: £36965, According to Autotrader, 94% Of Our Cars Are Below Market Value Or Offer Excellent Value For Money, V12 Sports And Classics For The UK's Lowest Prices., Excellent Finance Options Available And Part Exchanges Welcome, Open 7 Days A Week., Vehicle Specification Can Be Found Below., £14,000 p/x welcome

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 88330 mi
    • Engine size: 2.1
    For sale
    £14,000 £14,000