Top 10 Mercedes Benz Models….Ever

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1. The Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing (1955)

The Mercedes Benz 300SL, also affectionately known as the “Gullwing”was the first “Sport Leicht”model which is a trend within Mercedes that is still alive today. Max Hoffman, an american importer, claimed to sense an market for stylish cars emerging amongst the rich and famous after the second world war. Under the hood it was based on the early racing models of the fifties being the first production car that used direct fuel injection. Its tubular frame made the Mercedes Benz Gullwing extra rigid which was crucial for control when driving at high speeds. It was these same tubes that meant the design of the doors had to open upwards instead of outwards. This then became the main signature feature of this classic motor.


2. The Blitzen-Benz (1909)

The Blitzen-Benz, also known as “Lightning-Benz”by Mercedes was a 200hp thunderbolt of a vehicle that signified the the start of the 20th century in style. The Blitzen-Benz was designed to break records. In 1909 it became the first car ever to break the 200km/h mark and then went on to hold the land speed record of 141.7mph for eight years from 1911 to 1919.


3. The Mercedes Benz C111 (1969)

In 1969 Mercedes introduced a rather unusual vehicle to the public. An experimental model by Mercedes the C111 was created to test the most innovative technologies of the time such as diesel engines and air conditioning. Its extreme “sliver”shape gave it a futuristic feel while brightly painted colours (usually yellow) covered a fibreglass body that was reinforced with plastic. The Mercedes C111’s reported top speed was 180mph.


4. The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG (2010)

First produced in 2010 the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG was described by Mercedes as the “Spiritual Successor”of the 300 SL Gullwing. The Mercedes SLS AMG is a perfect mixture of sophisticated open top driving combined with absolutely outstanding driving dynamics and a blistering top speed of 197mph. Developed by Mercedes AMG as a luxury grand tourer vehicle the SLS AMG is manufactured with Dodge Viper body panels fitted over an aluminium chassis that was developed by Dodge SRT (Street Racing Technology).


5. The Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman (1963)

In 1963, after seven years in development, we were given the Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman. Also known as the “Grand Mercedes” The engineers and design team at Mercedes were told not to worry about time or cost for the project but to create the most luxurious and best car in the world. Filled with innovation, a one-of-kind hydraulic suspension system that operates almost everything within the car. It was also the first Mercedes to ever be built in an “armoured”version as it was sold to governments worldwide. It also boasts the loudest horn ever manufactured on a production vehicle.


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  • Alan P. Carr

    Well that was a grinding eye-sore of an advert for the latest SUV. And why no 190E, the full-size comfortable Benz that was affordable to buy and made 45 MPG? Not even the 190E Cosworth?


  • Me

    On the 300 gullwing

    ” the first production car that used direct fuel injection”

    No. First consumer car to use fuel injection but it was not ‘direct injection’. Mechanical, indirect.

  • albertchampion

    i collect benzes from the bruno sacco era.

    his watershed cars started with the 126 series. the 560sel[sedan] and the 560sec[coupe] may be considered the most successful production automobiles of the last century.

    the A124 cabriolets, i continue to consider the best looking convertibles benz ever offered after ww2. i have a 1995 E320 CABRIOLET. still gorgeous, whether the top is up or down.

    i have never been able to like the roadsters. but the coupes, yes. and my daily driving favorites are the last from the bruno sacco design bureau: the 215 series. especially those from the last year, 2006.

    in my view they are the best looking benzes ever designed and manufactured. i prefer the v8’s. the CL500’s for fuel economy. my CL55 AMG for roaring down any road. at speed.

  • Bill Brandt

    A few of those choices are obvious; some (an R107????) ML63?

    Too silly for words.

    Certainly a 300Sc or 300 Adenaur should be in this list.

    Interesting as a sidebar many years ago I think the chairman of Daimler-Benz was asked what his all time favorite Mercedes was – the answer? It surprised me.

    A W123 240D (circa 1977-1983) – simple, robust, and decades later some are still working around the world as taxis.

    Incidentally the first car to use the Bosch fuel injection was not the 300SL – learned this in our club magazine, the MBCA’s Star – it was some forgettable and long-gone German car.

    The system, incidentally, came straight from their DB600 series of WW2 airecraft engines – and inverted, supercharged V12.

  • Chris

    Every Veyron built is capable of hitting 408 kmh, or 253 mph.
    Thus right with the introduction of the first 16.4 in 2005. the SLR McLaren with “only” a 207 mph top had to have ceased being the fastest production car, not just when the Grand Sport Vitesse was introduced in 2012.

  • A Person

    No G-Wagen? this list is flawed.

  • A Person

    Also, what about the SL73? Probably one of the biggest reasons the zonda was such a success…