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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 G350

    £44,995 £44,995

    Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Colour SatNav, DVD Player, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Privacy Glass, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Tracker Fitted, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Folding Rear Seats, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Child Locks, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Rear Spoiler, Rear Wash/wipe, Tow Pack, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Radio, 2 Keys, Rear Entertainment, Alloy wheels, 4x4, Service history

    • Mileage: 44700 mi
    • Engine size: 2987
    For sale
    £44,995 £44,995
    Skinners of Rye Car Sales
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    POA POA

    Variant name:Diesel Roadster AMG Sport ,Derivative:AMG Sport ,Variant: SLK 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport 2dr Tip Auto We are delighted to offer this 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI AMG Sport. Presented in Gloss Black with Creme Full Leather Interior. Throughout you will find this SLK has terrific specification including Reverse Parking Sensors, Projector Headlights, Dual Exhaust System, Multi Functional Leather Steering Wheel, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Automatic Lights, Electronic Parking Brake, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Electronic Folding Roof, Switchable Driving Modes, Heated Rear Screen, DAB Radio, CD Player, Full Colour Satellite Navigation, Diamond Cut 5 Spoke AMG Alloy Wheels, Wind Deflector. To discuss this exceptional SLK in further detail please don't hesitate to give us a call on the number as shown above.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 46900 mi
    • Engine size: 2.1
    For sale
    POA POA
  • Mercedes Slk 2002

    £1,995 £1,995

    Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor, silver, 2002, 2.3l, Automatic, petrol, 123,000 miles, brand new MOT, private SLK number plate. A great drive and fantastic car.

    • Mileage: 123000 mi
    • Engine size: 2295
    For sale
    £1,995 £1,995
  • MERCEDES S CLASS 280 SE 1971

    £24,888 £24,888

    Just 3 Owners from new, owned mostly by the same Diplomat Family for over 25 Years. The car was specified with virtually all options, including 4 electric windows, electric sunroof, Factory fitted Air Conditioning. All tested and working. The car has been living a sheltered life indoor and is completely useable and drives extremely well. The car is totally rust free, having had restoration by the last owner with extremely good paintwork. The interior is immaculate.;;NB: The car is shown with a GBP 3000 Becker system which is optional and a white steering wheel, again optional . Both of the latter fitted by us as whilst we used the car.

    • Engine size: 2.8
    For sale
    £24,888 £24,888
  • MERCEDES CLK CLK200 KOMPRESSOR AVANTGARDE 2004 Auto 86000 Petrol Silver

    £3,495 £3,495

    MERCEDES Clk CLK200 KOMPRESSOR AVANTGARDE finished in Silver (Auto), 86,000 miles with black leather interior only 3 previous owners from new. this car comes complete with a full service history.,,Features include Adjustable Steering Wheel, Front Heated Seats, Colour Coded, Heated Seats, Power Assisted Steering, Aluminium Trim, Electric Rear Windows, Leather Interior, Trip Computer, ABS, CD Player, Heated Door Mirrors, Passenger Airbag, Alloy Wheels, Elec Folding Mirrors, Internal Boot Release, Service Indicator, 3 Month Warranty, Auto Wipers, Full Service History, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Alarm, Warranted Mileage, Driver Airbag, HPI Clear, Remote Locking, Auto Lights, Front Fog Lights, MOT, Air Conditioning, V5 Reg Doc, Cruise Control, High Beam Assist, Radio, Auto Dip Rear View, Front and Side Airbags, Metallic Paint.,,Only and pound;3,495,,Contact us on: 01795 477310 or 07927 588773. THERE IS ALSO LOTS MORE PICTURES OF THIS CAR ON OUR WEBSITE AT www.motorworldofkent.com. THERE IS ALSO A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF MOST OF OUR CARS SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO VIEW.;Please feel welcome to come and view all our cars on our fully flood light forcourt.; FINANCE IS AVAILABLE ON MOST OF OUR CARS WITH MY CAR CREDIT SUBJECT TO STATUS!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE GO TO MY CAR CREDIT- WEBSITE TO APPLY FOR YOUR FINANCE ON ANY OF OUR CARS.;;;

    • Mileage: 86000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
    For sale
    £3,495 £3,495
  • MERCEDES SLK 230 KOMPRESSOR AUTOMATIC 197BHP

    £2,195 £2,195

    Here we have a beautiful Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor automatic,mot'd May 2019,genuine 100k miles from new,full service book,recent service and thorough check over by John Haines Mercedes and given a clean bill of health,top spec including heated seats,perfectly working electric roof,special order 2-tone full leather interior,climate control,cruise control,Sony head unit with aux hook up etc,plus all usual Mercedes extras,4 matching Continental contact sport tyres,comes with 2 keys,full book pack/owners manuals,unused spare wheel/tool kit,original full first aid kit/triangle,really nice original SLK's are going up in value now so its never going to lose any money,has just been fully prepped and is ready for fun in the sun,£2195 part exchange possible 07425 247548 no texts please

    • Mileage: 99000 mi
    • Engine size: 2300
    For sale
    £2,195 £2,195
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £15,900 £15,900

    Variant name:Roadster AMG Sport ,Derivative:AMG Sport ,Variant: SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport 2dr Tip Auto, Panoramic Vario Roof, Navigation, 18" AMG Alloys, Heated Seats, DAB, USB, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Climate Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, F/Merc/SH. Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this outstanding Mercedes SLK250 AMG Sport Auto. Finished in Palladium Silver Metallic complimented with Full Red Leather upholstery and finished with Brushed Aluminium interior inlays. A superb specification includes Panoramic Vario Roof, Navigation, 18" AMG 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels, Heated Seats, DAB Digital Radio with USB connectivity, Bluetooth Telephone & Audio Streaming, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Climate Control, Multi-function Leather Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift, Auto Lights, Floor Mats, LED Running Lights plus much more. This Stunning Vehicle also benefits from a Full Mercedes Service History completed on 28/05/2013 at 6381miles, 02/06/2014 at 8731miles, 01/06/2015 at 9724miles, 06/06/2016 at 10328miles and 09/06/2017 at 11138miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 13147 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
    £15,900 £15,900
  • Mercedes SLK 250 CDI, AUTO, AMG SPORT

    £21,000 £21,000

    AN EXCEPTIONAL & UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY A VERY LOW MILEAGE SPORTSCAR IN PRISTINE - AS NEW CONDITION Host of expensive extras costing £8,478 including AMG Sport; metallic obsidian black paint; luxury Saraha Beige Leather interior; Parktronic; Becker Sat Nav; Panoramic Vario-Roof;  Airscarf neck level heating; Mirror Package; Heated Seats; Rain Sensig Wipers; 18" 5 -Spoke AMG Alloys; Starguard Treatment. Great economy at 60 mpg. Registered in April 2015. MoT'd. A reluctant PRIVATE sale for a PRIVATE buyer at £21,000. Absolutley NO dealaer enquiries. Please ring if you prefer.

    • Mileage: 11500 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
    For sale
    £21,000 £21,000
  • MERCEDES SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR AUTOMATIC 45000 Miles

    £5,995 £5,995

    For sale my wifes beautiful Mercedes SLK200 Kompressor automatic,2005 with private plate,genuine 45000 miles from new,service history,with the very rare and desirable extras of Airscarf neck level heating and heated seats (so you can enjoy roof down motoring all year round),sports suspension,rain sensing wipers,automatic/tiptronic gearbox,full leather interior,climate control,cruise control etc,plus all usual Mercedes extras,finished in Mercedes iridium silver with full black leather interior.I spent a long time looking for the right car and this in pristine condition inside and out,Always had genuine Mercedes parts used with fully synthetic oils and Shell V power fuel,only used in the summer months and garaged off road in the winter,complete with 2 keys,full book pack/owners manuals,unused spare wheel,compressor,tool kit,original full first aid kit,we have cared for and cherished for this and is only for sale due to buying newer Slk,please call 07425 247548

    • Mileage: 45000 mi
    For sale
    £5,995 £5,995
  • MERCEDES SLK 2011 SLK250 BLUEEFFICIENCY AMG SPORT ED125 Auto 48000 Petrol Red

    £13,450 £13,450

    2 Owners, 6 Mercedes Services, Last Serviced @43322 Miles, Upgrades - Designo Seat Belts - Red, Ambient Interior Lighting, Parktronic System Front and Rear, Remote Control for Roof Operation, Airscarf - Neck Level Heating, Air Guide - Wind Deflector, Heated Front Seats, Traffic Sighn Recognition, Paddle Shift Steering Wheel, Tire Pressure Loss Warning, Rain Sensing Wipers, Telephone Pre-Wiring/Hands Free Facility, Black interior, Standard Features - 18" AMG Alloy Wheels (4) - 5 - Spoke Design with (Front 225/40 Tyres and Rear 245/35 Tyres) and Locking Wheel Bolts, Air Conditioning - Automatic, Alarm System, Bluetooth Interface for Hands - Free Telephony, COMAND Online System, Hard Disk Drive Navigation System, DAB Digital Radio Tuner, Electric Windows (2), Linguatronic Voice Control, Radio, Single CD MP3 Compatibility, 7in Colour Display, SD Memory Card Slot, USB, Aux - in Socket, Tinted Glass - Green, Tyre Pressure Loss Warning System, Upholstery Leather with Contrast Top Stitching. 2 seats, Fire Opal Red, 2 owners, VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, CLOSED SUNDAYS

    • Mileage: 48000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
    For sale
    £13,450 £13,450
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS

    £20,000 £20,000

    Variant name:CLS220 BLUETEC AMG LINE ,Derivative:2.1 CLS220 AMG Line (s/s) 4dr ,Variant: 2.1 CLS220 AMG Line (s/s) 4dr Metallic Black, AA INSPECTED AND 3 MONTH AA WARRANTY, , THIS GIVES ALL OUR CUSTOMERS PEACE OF MIND AND THE CONFIDENCE THAT THE LARGEST MOTORING ORGANISATION HAS INSPECTED THEIR NEW VEHICLE., 1 owner, Last serviced on 27/12/2017 at 61,571 miles, 19'' ALLOY WHEELS., L.E.D MATRIX HEADLIGHTS., L.E.D DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS., AUDIO / VISUAL FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS., STOP / START TECHNOLOGY., FULL BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR., 3 STAGE FRONT HEATED SEATS, DIGITAL DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL., CRUISE CONTROL., DIGITAL DISPLAY., SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM., CD / DAB STEREO SYSTEM., BLUETOOTH., VOICE CONTROL., ELECTRIC POWER-FOLD DOOR MIRRORS., AUTOMATIC GEARBOX WITH PADDLE SHIFT.. 4 seats, This Car Has Only 1 Registered Owner And Has Been Used For Business Purposes, Mercedes-Benz Main Dealer Service History, 12 Months Road Tax Is £120, Value Financing Options Available, Fixed Prices, Vehicle Price When New: £46,445, 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., £20,000 p/x welcome

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 69640 mi
    • Engine size: 2.2
    For sale
    £20,000 £20,000
  • MERCEDES SLK 230 KOMPRESSOR CONVERTIBLE 2.3 SUPERCHARGED 2001

    £1,295 £1,295

    BARGAIN CLEARANCE PRICE MERCEDES SLK 230 K CONVERTIBLE 2.3 PETROL SUPERCHARGED 197 BHP FINISHD IN SILVER WITH BLACK LEATHER TRIM AND ELECTRIC FOLDING HARD TOP. sPEC INCLUDES, ALLOY WHEELS, BRUSHED ALUMINIUM DASH INSERTS, CD STEREO, RERMOTE LOCKING ALARM, CRUISE CONTROL ANDF FULL ELECTRIC PACK. 183,000 MILES WITH A DETAILED FULL SERVICE HISTORY FILE AND LONG CURRENT MOT. THIS CAR DRIVES VERY WELL AND EVERYTHING WORKS BUT IT DOES HAVE SOME RUST COMING IN THE REAR ARCHES HENCE CLEARANCE PRICE ONLY GBP 1295. WELL WORTH A LOOK IF YOU WANT A SUMMER CONVERTIBLE AT A BARGAIN PRICE.

    • Mileage: 183000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.295
    For sale
    £1,295 £1,295
  • MERCEDES S CLASS S320 CDI 2009

    £10,695 £10,695

    BEAUTIFUL 2 OWNER S CLASS DIESEL WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY;;IRIDIUM SILVER WITH SLATE GREY LEATHER INTERIOR;;7 SPEED AUTOMATIC : SPEEDTRONIC CRUISE CONTROL : PARKTRONIC;COMAND NAVIGATION : MEMORY SEAT PACKAGE : BI XENON HEADLIGHTS;RAIN SENSOR : WALNUT TRIM : DAB RADIO CD : AIR SUSPENSION : BLUETOOTH;UPGRADED ALLOY WHEELS : HEATED SEATS : AUTO DIMMING MIRRORS;DIGITAL CLIMATE CONTROL : ELECTRIC FOLDING MIRRORS;;NEW MOT : 6 MONTHS WARRANTY : ROAD TAX GBP 315 : PX WELCOME;;SERVICED BY MERCEDES CHELT and GLOS AT : 9,816MLS :18,562MLS : 28,215MLS; 36,510MLS.;SERVICED BY ROBIN LAMB MERCEDES AT 45,114MLS : 53,241MLS :61,618MLS : ; 69,688MLS.;;

    • Mileage: 76000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.987
    For sale
    £10,695 £10,695
  • Mercedes-Benz ML

    £10,995 £10,995

    ABS, Multiple Airbags, Power Steering, Climate Control, Half Leather, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Satellite Navigation, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, CD Player, Alloy wheels, 4x4 Mercedes ML320 For Sale Wintry Cars Harlow Essex

    • Mileage: 81000 mi
    • Engine size: 2987
    For sale
    £10,995 £10,995
  • MERCEDES SLK 1.8 SLK200 BlueEFICIENCY s s 2dr 2012

    £11,499 £11,499

    Full Mercedes Benz Services History ,Hpi Clear , Flexible finance Available, Two Owner from new, .Sat Nav. Bluetooth, DAB Digital Radio, Upgrades - Airscarf - Neck Level Heating, Cup Holders, Heated Front Seats, Becker Map Pilot Navigation System, Standard Features - Airbags, Alloy wheels, Air conditioning, Alarm, CD Player, Central locking, Cruise control, Leather seats, Power steering, Radio, Remote central locking, Sports seats. 2 seats, Black, Recently serviced and MOTed - 6 Months RAC warranty included - Extended warranty available up to 2yrs - All major credit/debit cars accepted - Part exchanges welcome - Free 5 days driveaway insurance available - Open 7 days a week,

    • Mileage: 60856 mi
    For sale
    £11,499 £11,499