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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

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    Variant name:CLS350 CDI ,Derivative:C219 ,Variant: CLS350 CDI

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 48209 mi
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale
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    Drayton-Mercedes-Benz of Stoke
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  • 1999 Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor Great Condition 12 Months MOT Just Serviced

    £1,250 £1,250

    1999 Mrecedes SLK 230 Kompressor   Being offered is this lovely Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor, it really is a stunning car and for its age it’s in great condition. The car has just had a service and 12 months MOT so it’s ready to go.   Exterior   These SLK’s can be the subject to rust but good news the car is in great order all the arches and front scuttle area is in great condition with no issues. The paint work is in great order with very few marks and no dents. All the alloys are in great order it really is in good condition. The roof works well when it’s cold the tailgate sometimes stops when closing but re-pushing the button carries on the motion the other item to mention there is a small rust patch on the roof on the right side of the rear window.   Interior   The interior is good condition it has suffered from some of the rubber coting has come away, but this is very common for the car. All the knobs and switches work as they should and the A/C blows cold as it should. The standard radio had poor reception, so I have replaced it with a good quality Kenwood CD player with iPod and Android controls.   Engine and Running Gear   The engine has covered just over 103K miles and for a Mercedes it’s a drop in the ocean, the engine is very smooth and quite with no issues at all. The automatic gearbox is very smooth with no strange noises it just drives the way it should. All the brakes and suspension are in good order. The front tyres have been advised on the MOT as the shoulders are wearing they have plenty of tread and the rear tyres are in very good order.   Paper Work   I have the manual pack with the service book along with the MOT. The V5C is present the car has one remote key. The car has part service history and plenty of invoices for past works.

    • Mileage: 103222 mi
    • Engine size: 2295
    For sale
    £1,250 £1,250
  • Mercedes-Benz SL63 Performance Pack |

    £36,850 £36,850

    Specification MAKE Mercedes-Benz MODEL SL63 Performance Pack COLOUR Obsidian Black Metallic YEAR 2009/09 MILEAGE 39300 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Mercedes-Benz SL63 Performance Pack. Finished in Obsidian Black with Black Leather. (Full Mercedes-Benz Main Dealer Service History). STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electric Windows, Fabric Windstop, Multi-Contour Front Seats, AMG Performance Steering Wheel, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, COMAND Navigation System with Integrated 6 Disc CD Player, Luxury Automatic Climate Control, BI-Xenon Headlights, 19" AMG 5 Twin Spoke Alloys painted Titanium, Heated Front Seats, Electrically Adjustable Memory Driver and Passenger Seats. OPTIONAL EXTRAS Performance Package, Parktronic Front and Rear, Telephone Pre Wiring with Hands-Free Facility, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, DAB Radio, Burr Walnut Wood Trim. TRANSMISSION 7 Speed Automatic ENGINE CAPACITY 6208 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 525 EMISSIONS (CO 2 ) 330 WARRANTY Supplied with our 12 Month Warranty. PRICE £36,850 Share this car Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN VEHICLE

    • Mileage: 36850 mi
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    £36,850 £36,850
  • 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG

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    19"/20" AMG 10 Spoke Design Forged Alloys, AMG Ceramic Brakes, Classic Red Single Tone Designo Exclusive Leather, Reversing Camera, AMG Performance Steering Wheel, Telephone Pre-Wiring With Hands Free Facility, Garage Door Opener (Integrated In Rear-View Mirror), Impeccable Service History, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example! COMAND Including Navigation Update, Media Interface, Digital Radio, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Luxury Automatic Climate Control, Auto Dimming Rear View & Drivers Exterior Mirror, Electrically Adjustable Seat Memory, Electrically Folding Exterior Mirrors, Daytime Running Lights (LED), AMG Speedshift DCT 7 Speed Sports Transmission, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Headlamp Wash, Black Alcantara Roof Liner, AMG Aluminium Trim, Adaptive Brake Lights, Iridium Silver Metallic Paint.

    • Mileage: 4695 mi
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  • 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

    $115,000(£0) $115,000(£0)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1958 Mercedes 190 SL Coupe in light Blue (DB334) with Blue interior. Original matching engine (#8502264) see data card. 67,590 miles. This is an unusually good and very original rust and accident free example. Original fenders, floors, etc. Perfect body with perfect panel fit. Paint is older but very presentable, chrome is excellent. Interior is good. Mechanically excellent. Original Solex's just rebuilt. Comes with its original hard top, plus a new soft top frame and a new Dark Blue canvas soft top (see below). Also has its original books, spare and two sets of original keys. I really believe this is one of the last good, original 190 SL's, this is how I used to find them 30 years ago. This is for a knowledgeable buyer. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

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    $115,000(£0) $115,000(£0)
  • 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

    $89,500(£0) $89,500(£0)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1970 Mercedes 280SL in Black with Tan leather. Automatic with A/C and two tops. Original matching engine (#009872). Superb body with original fenders and trunk floor. Stamped matching numbers hood. Excellent panel fit and good solid underside. No sign of prior accidents or significant rust. Excellent paint with a deep shine. Nice leather interior. Very good mechanically, recent $4 or $5k in suspension work. Runs and drives very well. Comes with its spare jack and tool kit. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

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    $89,500(£0) $89,500(£0)
  • MERCEDES-BENZ SLK 1.8 SLK200 KOMPRESSOR 2d 161 BHP

    £5,995 £5,995

    Full Service History. 10 Stamps In The Service Book. Services At 9680. 17,166. 25,235. 37,824. 47,234. 56,679. 66,622. 74,973. 80,462. 86,961. 17" Alloys, Black Leather, Heated Front Seats, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Auto Lights, Folding Hardtop, Climate Control. The SLK Comes With 3 Months Gold Cover Warranty Which Can Be Extended From £299. Low Rate Finance And Part Exchange Available. Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel - Rake/Reach, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Air Bag Side - Driver/Passenger, Alarm - Unspecified, Alloy Wheels - 16in, Anti-Lock Brakes, Central Door Locking - Remote, Climate Control, Computer - Unspecified, Electric Windows - Front, Electronic Stability Programme, Front Fog Lights, Head Air Bags - Front, Immobiliser, In Car Entertainment - Radio/CD, Mirrors External - Electric/Heated, Power-Assisted Steering, Seat Height Adjustment - Driver/Passenger, Seating Capacity - Two Seats, Spare Wheel - Space Saver, Speakers - Nine, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Unspecified, Upholstery Cloth

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 87594 mi
    For sale
    £5,995 £5,995
  • MERCEDES 180 420 SL 1988

    £28,995 £28,995

    Mercedes 420 SL sports 1988, Finished in Brilliant White,with superb Black Leather interior,headrests,hard and soft tops,automatic,power steering,power windows,light up vanity mirrors,stereo system and CD,abs,alloys,;tinted glass,none smokers car, complete with all tools, and Mercedes first aid kit,only 82,000 miles from new,with some service history, plus service invoices,and almost every MOT since new,maintained to the highest standard,fitted with new stainless steel exhaust system, garaged from new, drives like new,one of the last of this model,;totally superb. GBP 27995.00 ;

    • Mileage: 82000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.196
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    £28,995 £28,995
  • MERCEDES SLK SLK200 KOMPRESSOR ROADSTER 2005

    £5,995 £5,995

    2005 55 Mercedes Slk 200 Kompressor Roadster Rare manual gearbox ; ;(Number plate is not included in sale) ;;A stunning and rare manual example just 68000 miles with full service history.;;Finished in Mercedes obsidian Black met with black fluted leather, sport seats, Cruise control, Mercedes anodised alloys, lip spoiler on boot lid , blue tooth , With iPod connections, roll hoops , fitted wind deflector. Fully electric vario roof .;; Recent new Pirelli tyres and major service including plugs and brake fluid ;;The car is in immaculate condition inside and out and drives perfectly.;;A genuine well built modern classic sports car ;;hpi clear with full book pack/fully stamped service book, tool kit, both keys . ;;GBP 5995 ( px and down trades on request) ;;Delivery available to your door nationwide.;Viewing 7 days a week by appointment only please;Similar cars always wanted for stock please go to web site for more details on selling your car

    • Mileage: 68000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
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    £5,995 £5,995
  • MERCEDES SLK SLK200 KOMPRESSOR 2005

    £6,695 £6,695

    VERY LOW MILEAGE,SUPERB CONDITION,Electric convertible roof,full black leather seats,heated front seats,drivers electric seat with memory function,front and rear park sensors,17" alloy wheels,6 cd changer,dual zone climate control,air conditioning,cruise control,electric retractable wing mirrors, Next MOT due 13/09/2018, Service history, 2 seats, Metallic Silver, AIR SCARF,6 SPEED MANUAL,electric windows,remote central locking,power steering,abs,front airbags,runs and drives superb,must be seen, MANY MORE CARS ON OUR WEBSITE www.ttscarsales.co.uk PART EXCHANGE AND FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE, GBP 6,695

    • Mileage: 36478 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
    For sale
    £6,695 £6,695