1927 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Erdmann & Rossi Tourer

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Mercedes-Benz is a worldwide auto maker and a division of the German organization Daimler AG. The brand is known for luxury automobiles, trucks, buses and coaches. Mercedes-Benz is headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The brand initially appeared up in 1926 as Daimler-Benz, although it's origins can be traced to the 1901 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft's Mercedes and to the 1886 Karl Benz's Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is generally recognized as the first gasoline car. The Mercedes-Benz's slogan has become "The Best or Nothing". One of the most recognized car brands worldwide is Mercedes Benz

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Mercedes-Benz origins trace to Karl Benz creating of the first gas-fueled auto, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, and patented, January 1886, and Gottlieb Daimler and designer Wilhelm Maybach converting a stagecoach by adding a gas motor. The Mercedes car was initially marketed in 1901 by Daimler Motors Corporation. In 1902, Emil Jellinek, an Austrian vehicle business entrepenuer who worked with DMG founded the trademark, naming the 1901 Mercedes 35hp after his little girl Mercedes Jellinek. The first Mercedes-Benz named vehicles were manufactured in 1926, after the merger of Karl Benz's and Gottlieb Daimler's organizations into the Daimler-Benz company. On June 28, 1926, Mercedes Benz was founded with the combining of Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler's two organizations. All through the 1930s, Mercedes-Benz manufactured the 770 model, an auto that was well known amid the German Nazi period. Adolf Hitler drove these autos amid his time in power, with bulletproof windshields. Most of the surviving models have been auctioned to private purchasers. One of them is on display at the Ottawa, Ontario War Museum. The pontiff's Popemobile has frequently been sourced from Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz has presented numerous technological and safety developments that later got to be normal in other vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is one of the most-known and established up car brands on the planet.

Vehicle Lineup

Until 1994, Mercedes-Benz utilized an alphanumeric system for categorizing their vehicles, consisting of a number sequence approximately equal to the engine's displacement in liters multiplied by 100, followed by an arrangement of alphabetical suffixes, indicating body style and engine type.

"C" indicates a coupe or cabriolet body style (for example, the CL and CLK models, though the C-Class is an exception, since it is also available as a sedan or station wagon).

"D" indicates the vehicle is equipped with a diesel engine.

"E" (for "Einspritzung") indicates the vehicle's engine is equipped with a petrol fuel injection. Also used for electric models and plug-in hybrids.

"G" was originally used for the Geländewagen off-road vehicle, but is now applied to Mercedes SUVs in general (G, GLA, GLC, GLE and GLS).

"K" was used in the 1930s, indicating a supercharger ("Kompressor") equipped engine. Two exceptions : the SSK and CLK, where K indicates "Kurz" (short-wheelbase) (though the SSK had a supercharger).

"L" indicates "Leicht" (lightweight) for sporting models, and "Lang" (long-wheelbase) for sedan models.

"R" indicates "Rennen" (racing), used for racing cars (for example, the 300SLR).

"S" Sonderklasse "Special class" for flagship models, including the S-Class, and the SL-Class, SLR McLaren and SLS sports cars.

"T" indicates "Touring" and an estate (or station wagon) body style.

Some models in the 1950s also had lower-case letters (b, c, and d) to indicate specific trim levels. For other models, the numeric part of the designation does not match the engine displacement. This was done to show the model's position in the model range independent of displacement or in the price matrix. For these vehicles, the actual displacement in litres is suffixed to the model designation. An exception was the 190-class with the numeric designation of "190" as to denote its entry level in the model along with the displacement label on the right side of the boot (190E 2.3 for 2.3-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor, 190D 2.5 for 2.5-litre 5-cylinder diesel motor, and so forth). Some older models (such as the SS and SSK) did not have a number as part of the designation at all.

Mercedes Models On This Page
W06 W100 W115 W180
W07 W105 W116 W186
W10 W108 W120 W187
W11 W109 W123 W188
W18 W110 W126 W189
W23 W111 W128 W191
W28 W112 W136 W201
W29 W114 W138 W460
W31   W150  

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Historic Mercedes-Benz (Pre 1950s)

Mercedes Brand DMG (1902-1925)

1900 Mercedes 35 HP
1900 Mercedes 35 HP
1904 Mercedes Simplex 28/32HP
1904 Mercedes Simplex 28/32HP
1910 Mercedes 28/50 PS
1910 Mercedes 28/50 PS
1915 Mercedes 22-50 Siebensitzer Open Tourer
1915 Mercedes 22-50 Siebensitzer Open Tourer
1925 Mercedes 630 K Roadster
1925 Mercedes 630 K Roadster
Mercedes was a brand of the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG). DMG began to develop in 1900, after the death of its co-founder, Gottlieb Daimler. Although the name was not lodged as a trade name until 23 June 1902 and not registered legally until 26 September, the brand name eventually would be applied to an automobile model built by Wilhelm Maybach to specifications by Emil Jellinek that was delivered to him on December 22, 1900. By Jellinek's contract, the new model contained a newly designed engine designated "Daimler-Mercedes". This engine name is the first instance of the use of the name, Mercedes, by DMG. The automobile design would later be called the Mercedes 35 hp. Because of the success of the model, DMG began to apply the name as a series to other models such as, Mercedes 8/11 hp and Mercedes 40 hp Simplex.

Mercedes Benz 24/100/140 PS Typ 630 (1926-1929)

1926 Mercedes-Benz Typ 630, Model K, 24/100/160 PS Stadt-Coupe
1926 Mercedes-Benz Typ 630, Model K, 24/100/160 PS Stadt-Coupe
1927 Mercedes-Benz 630 K Convertible Sedan
1927 Mercedes-Benz 630 K Convertible Sedan
1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K Tourer by Erdmann & Rossi
1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K Tourer by Erdmann & Rossi
The Mercedes 24/100/140 PS was a large luxury car introduced by Daimler of Untertürkheim in 1924. Production continued until 1929 by which time Daimler had merged with Benz & Cie (effective 1926) as a result of which the car’s name was changed to Mercedes-Benz Typ 630. The car was conceptually and structurally similar to the contemporary Mercedes 15/70/100 PS, but the Mercedes 24/100/140 PS was longer, heavier, more powerful, faster and even more expensive. A still more powerful Mercedes-Benz Model K sports car version, sometimes known as the Mercedes-Benz 24/110/160 PS, was offered between 1926 and 1929.

Mercedes Benz S-Series W06 (1927–1932)

1927 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Erdmann & Rossi Tourer
1927 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Erdmann & Rossi Tourer
1926 Mercedes Benz 630
1926 Mercedes Benz 630
The Mercedes-Benz S-Series (W06) was a successful line of sports cars produced from 1927 until 1933 nicknamed the "white elephants." In the run up to the merger between Daimler and Benz & Cie, a race oriented version of Daimler's Type 630 luxury car was produced with a modified chassis that was called the Model K (K for 'Kurzer Radstand' or short wheelbase in English). The new Daimler-Benz corporation decided that it would create an even more advanced race car which built upon the best features of the Model K, which would be called the Model S (S for Sport).

Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart 260 W11 (1929-1934)

1929 Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart 260 W11
1929 Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart 260 W11
The Mercedes-Benz W11 was a midsize six-cylinder automobile introduced by Daimler-Benz in 1929. It was developed from the Mercedes-Benz W02 first seen in 1926, and the W11 shared its chassis and bodywork with the W02, but the W11 came with a larger more powerful engine, a new name and a wider list of “standard bodies” from which customers could choose. The new car was also sold as the Mercedes-Benz 10/50 PS and as the Mercedes-Benz Typ Stuttgart 260. It continue in production till early 1934, although by then its replacements, the slightly smaller Mercedes-Benz W21 and the slightly larger Mercedes-Benz W18 had both already been in full-scale production for nearly a year.

Mercedes Benz 680S (1927-1928)

1929 Mercedes-Benz
1927 Mercedes Benz 680S
1928 Mercedes Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster von Saoutchik
1928 Mercedes Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster von Saoutchik
Alongside the earlier Mercedes cars like the 400 and 630, the new 680 S featured a lower chassis, which meant its heavy engine could be pushed back and down in the engine bay. This was the existing SOHC 6.3-liter six-cylinder engine enlarged to 6.8 liters and fitted with a supercharger that only spooled up at high throttle. When engaged, the 120 bhp suddenly became 180 bhp (hence the old 26/120/180 nomenclature). In race tune the engine was up to 26/170/225.

Mercedes Benz W10 (1929–1934)

1933 Mercedes Benz 370 Mannheim W10
1933 Mercedes Benz 370 Mannheim W10
The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim 350 replaced the W03/Typ 350 models in 1929. The structure originated by Ferdinand Porsche was modified by Hans Nibel.
Also called Mercedes-Benz names: 1929-30: Mercedes Benz Typ Mannheim 350 (W10), 1929-34: Mercedes Benz Typ Mannheim 370 (W10), 1930-33: Mercedes Benz Typ Mannheim 370K (WK10), 1930-33: Mercedes Benz Typ Mannheim 370S (WS10), 1932-33: Mercedes Benz Typ Mannheim 380S (W10), 1932-33: Mercedes Benz Typ Mannheim 380S (W19),
generic names also often used: 1929-30: Mercedes Benz 14/60PS (W10), 1929-34: Mercedes Benz 15/75PS (W10), 1930-33: Mercedes Benz 15/75PS (WK10), 1930-33: Mercedes Benz 15/78PS (WS10), 1932-33: Mercedes Benz 15/80PS (W10), 1932-33: Mercedes Benz 15/85PS (W19)

Mercedes Benz Typ 290 W18 (1933–1937)

1933 Mercedes Benz 290 Cabrolet D W18
1933 Mercedes Benz 290 Cabrolet D W18
1934 Mercedes Benz 290 Roadster W18
1934 Mercedes Benz 290 Roadster W18
1936 Mercedes Benz 290 Cabrolet B W18
1936 Mercedes Benz 290 Cabrolet B W18
The Mercedes-Benz W18 was a six-cylinder automobile introduced as the Mercedes-Benz Typ 290 in 1933. It was a smaller-engined successor to the manufacturer’s Typ 350 / 370 Mannheim model. In terms of the German auto-business of the 1930s it occupied a market position roughly equivalent to that filled by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the closing decades of the twentieth century. The W18 was replaced in 1937 by the manufacturer’s W142 (Typ 320). Several different models with names incorporating the number “290” were produced by Mercedes-Benz during the 1930s, so that for the avoidance of ambiguity the car is frequently identified using the manufacturer's Works Number as the Mercedes-Benz W18.

Mercedes Benz 130H W23 (1934–1936)

1934 Mercedes Benz 130H W23 Cabriolet Saloon
1934 Mercedes Benz 130H W23 Cabriolet Saloon
1935 Mercedes Benz 130H Sedan
1935 Mercedes Benz 130H Sedan
The Mercedes-Benz 130H was a low-production automobile built in Germany in the 1930s. It was presented in February 1934 at the Berlin Car Show. Conceived by Hans Nibel, chief engineer of Mercedes Benz, the 130H was inspired by Edmund Rumpler's Tropfenwagen. It followed on the Rumpler-chassis Tropfenwagen racers, which ran between 1923 and 1926.

Mercedes Benz 770 W07 (1930–1938)

1930 Mercedes Benz 770 K W07 Cabrolet
1930 Mercedes Benz 770 K W07 Cabrolet
1931 Mercedes Benz 770 W07 Grosser
1931 Mercedes Benz 770 W07 Grosser
1935 Mercedes Benz 770 K W07 Grosser Pullman-Limousine
1935 Mercedes Benz 770 K W07 Grosser Pullman-Limousine
1938 Mercedes Benz 770 K W07 Cabrolet
1938 Mercedes Benz 770 K W07 Cabrolet
The Mercedes-Benz 770, also known as the Großer Mercedes (German for "large Mercedes"), was a large luxury car built by Mercedes-Benz from 1930 to 1943. It is probably best known from archival footage of high-ranking Nazi officials before and during World War II, including Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich.

Mercedes Benz Series II W150 (1938–1943)

1938 Mercedes Benz 770 W150
1938 Mercedes Benz 770 W150
1943 Mercedes Benz 770 W150
1941 Mercedes Benz 770 W150
1943 Mercedes Benz 770 W150
1943 Mercedes Benz 770 W150
The 770 a full size luxury car was substantially revised in 1938, resulting in the new internal designation of W150. The all-new chassis was made with oval section tubes and was suspended from coil springs all around, with independent suspension at front and a de Dion axle at the rear. Hydraulic brakes were fitted, compared to the servo-assisted mechanical brakes of the prior series.

Mercedes Benz 500K W29 (1934–1936)

1934 Mercedes Benz 500K W29
1934 Mercedes Benz 500K W29
1935 Mercedes Benz 500K W29
1935 Mercedes Benz 500K W29
1936 Mercedes Benz 500K W29
1936 Mercedes Benz 500K W29
The Mercedes-Benz 500K (W29) is a grand touring car built by Mercedes-Benz between 1934 and 1936. First exhibited at the 1934 Berlin Motor Show, it carried the factory designation W29. Distinguished from the 500 sedan by the "K" for Kompressor (German for supercharger), only fitted to these performance cars, it succeeded the Mercedes-Benz 380 introduced just the previous year. It offered both a larger, more powerful engine and more opulent coachwork to meet customers' demands for greater luxury and performance.

Mercedes Benz 540K W29/W24 (1936–1943)

1936 Mercedes Benz 540K W29
1936 Mercedes Benz 540K W29
1937 Mercedes Benz 540K Roadster W29
1937 Mercedes Benz 540K Roadster W29
1938 Mercedes Benz 540K Sedan W29
1938 Mercedes Benz 540K Sedan W29
1939 Mercedes Benz 540K Roadster W29
1939 Mercedes Benz 540K Roadster W29
1940 Mercedes Benz 540K Roadster W29
1940 Mercedes Benz 540K Roadster W29
Introduced at the 1936 Paris Motor Show, the Friedrich Geiger designed car was a development of the 500K, itself a development of the SSK. Available as a two-seater cabriolet, four seater coupé or seven-seater limousine (with armoured sides and armoured glass), it was one of the largest cars of its time. The straight-8 cylinder engine of the 500K was enlarged in displacement 329.6 cu in. It was fed by twin pressurized updraft carburetors, developing a 115 hp (86 kW). In addition, there was an attached Roots supercharger, which could either be engaged manually for short periods, or automatically when the accelerator was pushed fully to the floor. This increased power to 180 hp, enabling a top speed of 110 mph.

Mercedes Benz 260D W138 (1936–1940)

1936 Mercedes Benz 260d W138
1936 Mercedes Benz 260d W138
1939 Mercedes Benz 230
1939 Mercedes Benz 230
The Mercedes-Benz 260 D full size luxury car, coded Mercedes-Benz W 138 according to internal works designation, was one of the first two diesel engined series produced passenger cars, together with the diesel version of the Hanomag Rekord. Both were introduced at the Berlin Motor Show in February 1936. The 260 D was named in reference to its engine's cubic capacity. Nearly 2,000 vehicles were assembled until 1940, after which the Daimler-Benz group had to devote itself almost entirely to military manufacture.

End of pre-1950s Mercedes-Benz Automobiles

Large Mercedes-Benz Automobiles

Mercedes Benz 220 W187 (1951–1955)

1951 Mercedes Benz 220
1951 Mercedes Benz 220
1952 Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet B W187
1952 Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet B W187
1953 Mercedes Benz 220 Sedan W187
1953 Mercedes Benz 220 Sedan W187
1954 Mercedes Benz 220 Coupe W187
1954 Mercedes Benz 220 Coupe W187
1955 Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet B W187
1955 Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet B W187
The Mercedes-Benz W187 is a full-size luxury car produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1951 to 1955. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in April 1951, the W187 was powered by a single overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder M180 engine and available as a saloon, coupé, and cabriolet, all designated with the 220 model name. Despite its pre-World War II reputation as a manufacturer of luxury cars, in the immediate post-war years Mercedes-Benz produced only four-cylinder-engined passenger cars.

Mercedes Benz 300S W188 (1951–1958)

1951 Mercedes Benz 300 S Cabrolet W188
1951 Mercedes Benz 300 S Cabrolet W188
1955 Mercedes Benz 300 S Cabrolet W188
1955 Mercedes Benz 300 S Cabrolet W188
1956 Mercedes Benz 300 SC W188
1956 Mercedes Benz 300 SC W188
1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SC Roadster W188
1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SC Roadster W188
1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SC Coupe W188
1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SC Coupe W188
The Mercedes-Benz W188 was a two-door luxury sports tourer produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1951 and 1958. The company's most expensive and exclusive automobiles, the elegant, hand-built 300 S (1951-1954) and its successor 300 Sc (1955-1958) were the pinnacle of the Mercedes line of their era. The pair's conservative styling belied their technological advances, sharing numerous design innovations and mechanical components with the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing", including engine, suspension, and chassis.

Mercedes Benz 300 W186 (1951–1957)

1951 Mercedes Benz 300
1951 Mercedes Benz 300
1952 Mercedes Benz 300 Cabrolet W186
1952 Mercedes Benz 300 Cabrolet W186
1953 Mercedes Benz 300C W186
1953 Mercedes Benz 300C W186
1956 Mercedes Benz 300 W186
1956 Mercedes Benz 300 W186
1957 Mercedes Benz 300 W186
1957 Mercedes Benz 300 W186
The Mercedes-Benz W186 model 300 was a four-door luxury tourer produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1951 and 1957. The company's largest and most prestigious automobile, it was the Maybach of its day, elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. Three versions were produced in succession, known informally as the 300a (or simply 300), 300b, and 300c. An enlarged "300d" variant built on the W189 chassis succeeded it in late 1957. Also referred to as a "Type 300", the W186 was equal in features and price but superior in performance to the rival Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Favored by statesmen and business leaders, it offered options such as a glass partition, VHF mobile telephone, and dictation machine.

Mercedes Benz 300d W189 (1957–1960)

1957 Mercedes Benz 300D W189
1957 Mercedes Benz 300D W189
1958 Mercedes Benz 300D W189
1958 Mercedes Benz 300D W189
1959 Mercedes Benz 300D W189
1959 Mercedes Benz 300D W189
1960 Mercedes Benz 300D W189
1960 Mercedes Benz 300D W189
The Mercedes-Benz W189 model 300 was a full size four-door luxury tourer produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1957 and 1962. The company's largest and most prestigious automobile, it was the Maybach of its day, elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. Marketed as the Type 300d, it was equal in features and price but superior in performance to the rival 4.9L Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Favored by statesmen and business leaders, it offered options such as a glass partition, VHF mobile telephone, and dictation machine. However it uses a gasoline engine and not a diesel engine in stock form even through it ends with d.

Mercedes Benz S-Class Typ 219 W105 (1956–1959)

1956 Mercedes Benz Typ 219 Convertible W105
1956 Mercedes Benz Typ 219 W105
1957 Mercedes Benz 220 S Sedan W105
1957 Mercedes Benz 220 S Sedan W105
1958 Mercedes Benz 220 S Sedan W105
1958 Mercedes Benz 220 S Sedan W105
1959 Mercedes Benz 220 SE W105
1959 Mercedes Benz 220 SE Convertible W105
The Mercedes-Benz W105 is a luxury automobile produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1956 to 1959 and marketed as the Mercedes-Benz Typ 219. Part of the "Ponton" family, it featured a 2.2 L inline 6-cylinder engine. The ponton body shape had been introduced in 1953 by the Mid-Size W120 chassis 180. In the following year, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 6-cylinder 220a which was visually similar to the 180, but with 3 inches added to the front wings to accommodate two extra cylinders and 4 inches added to the rear doors to provide some extra legroom for the rear passengers. This model ran until 1956 when the 219 and the 220S were introduced.

Mercedes Benz S-Class 220a/220S W180 (1956–1959)

1956 Mercedes Benz 220S W180
1956 Mercedes Benz 220S W180
1957 Mercedes Benz 220S Convertible W180
1957 Mercedes Benz 220S Convertible W180
1958 Mercedes Benz 220S Coupe W180
1958 Mercedes Benz 220S Coupe W180
1959 Mercedes Benz 220S Convertible W180
1959 Mercedes Benz 220S Convertible W180
The Mercedes-Benz W180 is an inline 6-cylinder luxury sedan, coupé, and convertible made from 1954 to 1959. The models associated with the W180 chassis code were the 220a and 220S. The W180 was one in a series of Mercedes-Benz models to informally receive the "Ponton" nickname. This was in reference to the unibody-type, pontoon-shaped exterior styling which was also featured on the later W128 line.

Mercedes Benz S-Class 220SE W128 (1958–1960)

1958 Mercedes Benz 220 S Ponton Cabriolet W128
1958 Mercedes Benz 220 S Ponton Cabriolet W128
1959 Mercedes Benz 220 SE Limousine W128
1959 Mercedes Benz 220 SE Limousine W128
1960 Mercedes Benz 220 SE Cabrolet
1960 Mercedes Benz 220 SE Cabrolet
The Mercedes-Benz W128 is a 6-cylinder luxury executive car produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1958 to 1960. It was available in sedan, coupé, or cabriolet body styles. Marketed as the Mercedes-Benz 220SE, it was the last of the "Ponton" series which had design roots and styling cues beginning in 1953 with the Mercedes-Benz 180 sedan (W120 chassis).

Mercedes Benz S-Class W111 (1959–1971)

1959 Mercedes Benz 280 SE W111
1959 Mercedes Benz 280 SE W111
1968 Mercedes Benz 250 SE Cabrolet W111
1968 Mercedes Benz 250 SE Cabrolet W111
1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Cabrolet W111
1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Cabrolet W111
1970 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Cabrolet W111
1970 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Cabrolet W111
1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Coupe W111
1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE Coupe W111
The Mercedes-Benz W111 was a chassis code given to a range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles produced between 1959 and 1971, including four-door sedans (1959-1968) and two-door coupés and cabriolets (1961 to 1971). Introduced as inline 6-cylinder cars with 2.2-litre engines, the W111 spawned two lines of variants: entry-level vehicles sharing its chassis and bodies but with four-cylinder engines were designated the W110. A luxury version built on the W111 chassis with its body and the fuel-injected 3-litre M186 six-cylinder engine was designated the W112.-

Series production of the 4-door sedan began in August 1959, which made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in autumn. Initially the series consisted of the 220b, 220Sb, and 220SEb. These replaced the (W105) 219, the (W180) 220S and the (W128) 220SE Ponton sedans respectively. The 220b was an entry-level version with little chrome trim, simple hubcaps, and basic interior trim that lacked pockets on doors. Prices were DM16,750, 18,500 and 20,500, with a rough sales ratio of 1:2:1.

Mercedes Benz S-Class 300SE W112 (1961–1967)

1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SE W112
1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SE W112
1964 Mercedes Benz 300SE Convertible W112
1964 Mercedes Benz 300SE Convertible W112
1965 Mercedes Benz 300SE Coupe W112
1965 Mercedes Benz 300SE Coupe W112
1966 Mercedes Benz 220SE Coupe W112
1966 Mercedes Benz 220SE Coupe W112
1967 Mercedes Benz 300SE Cabriolet W112
1967 Mercedes Benz 300SE Cabriolet W112
The Mercedes-Benz W112, marketed as the Mercedes-Benz 300SE, is a full size luxury car produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1962 to 1967. It was available as a coupé, convertible and sedan. The cars were based on the Mercedes-Benz W111 Fintail chassis and coachwork, but fitted with the 3.0 litre fuel-injected M189 big-block six-cylinder engine, standard luxury features such as air suspension, power steering, and automatic transmission, and a higher level of wood and leather trim. The stretched wheelbase 300SEL appeared in 1963.

Mercedes Benz 600 W100 (1963–1981)

1963 Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon W100
1963 Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon W100
1964 Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon W100
1964 Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon W100
1967 Mercedes Benz 600 Grosser Saloon W100
1967 Mercedes Benz 600 Grosser Saloon W100
1972 Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon W100
1972 Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon W100
1980 Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon W100
1980 Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon W100
The Mercedes-Benz 600 (W100) is a large ultra-luxury sedan and limousine produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1963 to 1981. Generally, the short-wheelbase (SWB) models were designed to be owner-driven, whereas the long-wheelbase (LWB) models, often incorporating a central divider with power window, were designed for a chauffeur.

Mercedes Benz S-Class 250S/250SE/300SE W108 (1965–1973)

1966 Mercedes Benz 260S
1966 Mercedes Benz 260S
1970 Mercedes Benz 280SE W108
1970 Mercedes Benz 280SE W108
1971 Mercedes Benz 280S W108
1971 Mercedes Benz 280S W108
1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE W108
1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE W108
1973 Mercedes Benz 280SE W108
1973 Mercedes Benz 280SE W108
The Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 are full size luxury cars produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1965 through to 1972 and 1973 in North America only. The line was an update of the predecessor W111 and W112 fintail sedans. The cars were successful in West Germany and in export markets including North America and Southeast Asia. During the seven-year run, a total of 383,361 units were manufactured. The car was premièred at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1965. The initial model lineup consisted of three W108S: 250S, 250SE, and 300SE, as well as a sole W109, the 300SEL. Engines for the new car were carried over from the previous generation, but enlarged and refined.

Mercedes Benz S-Class W116 (1972–1980)

1972 Mercedes Benz S W116
1972 Mercedes Benz S W116
1977 Mercedes Benz 280SE W116
1977 Mercedes Benz 280SE W116
1978 Mercedes Benz 450SE W116
1978 Mercedes Benz 450SE W116
1979 Mercedes Benz 450SEL W116
1979 Mercedes Benz 450SEL W116
1980 Mercedes Benz 450SEL W116
1980 Mercedes Benz 450SEL W116
First Generation S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz W116 is a series of flagship full size luxury sedans produced from September 1972 until 1980. The W116 automobiles were the first Mercedes-Benz models to be officially called S-Class, although earlier sedan models had already unofficially been designated with the letter 'S' – for Sonderklasse or "special class."

Mercedes Benz S-Class W126 (1979–1992)

1979 Mercedes Benz S Class W126
1979 Mercedes Benz S Class W126
1988 Mercedes Benz 560SEL W126
1988 Mercedes Benz 560SEL W126
1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEL W126
1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEL W126
1991 Mercedes Benz 420SEL W126
1991 Mercedes Benz 420SEL W126
1992 Mercedes Benz 300SE W126
1992 Mercedes Benz 300SE W126
Second Generation S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz W126 is a series of full size luxury S-Class automobiles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz between 1979 and 1992. Premiering in September 1979 as the successor to the W116 line, the W126 was the second generation to officially bear that prestigious designation, an abbreviation for the German Sonderklasse or "special class." It introduced many Mercedes-Benz safety innovations, including the first seatbelt pretensioners. The W126 was initially offered with straight-six, V8, and a turbocharged diesel engine for the sedan. A C126 2-door coupé versions was introduced in September 1981. The W126's twelve-year production run between 1979 and 1991 was the longest of any S-Class generation since the first "S" designated top-class models were built in the mid-1950s, the 300 S and 300 Sc. On to the Third Generation Mercedes Benz S Class

Mercedes-Benz Mid Size
Production during 1939-1945 was disrupted from World War II, and was restarted in 1946.

Mercedes Benz 170V W136 (1936-1942,1947–1955)

1936 Mercedes Benz !70V W136 Roadster
1936 Mercedes Benz !70V W136 Roadster
1946 Mercedes-Benz 170V W136
1946 Mercedes-Benz 170V W136
1950 Mercedes Benz 170
1950 Mercedes Benz 170
1951 Mercedes Benz 170 D
1951 Mercedes Benz 170 D
1952 Mercedes Benz 170 D OTP version
1952 Mercedes Benz 170 D OTP version
1953 Mercedes Benz 170 VA
1953 Mercedes Benz 170 VA
The Mercedes-Benz W136 was Mercedes-Benz's line of mid size inline-four cylinder automobiles from the mid-1930s into the 1950s. The model 170 V made its public debut as successor to the W15 Typ 170 in February 1936. Between 1936 and 1939 it was Mercedes' top selling model. Between 1936 and 1942 over 75,000 were built making it by far the most popular Mercedes-Benz model up till that point.

Mercedes Benz 170S W191 (1949–1955)

1949 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1949 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1950 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1950 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1953 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1953 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1954 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1954 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1955 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
1955 Mercedes-Benz 170S W191
The Mercedes-Benz 170 S is a mid-size executive luxury car which was produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1949 until 1955 in various gasoline and diesel powered forms. It was initially offered with a 1.8 liter version of the 1.7 liter inline-four cylinder M136 engine used in the slightly smaller production type 170 V. It was the first Mercedes-Benz to carry in its name the suffix “S” (for Sonder modell (Special model) denoting a superior level of comfort and quality. As such, its intended market was successful business owners and company directors.

Mercedes Benz E-Class 180/190 W120 (1953–1962)

1953 Mercedes Benz 180
1953 Mercedes Benz 180
1959 Mercedes Benz 220S W120
1959 Mercedes Benz 220S W120
1960 Mercedes Benz 190 W120
1960 Mercedes Benz 190 W120
1961 Mercedes Benz 180 W120
1961 Mercedes Benz 180 W120
1962 Mercedes Benz 180 W120
1962 Mercedes Benz 180 W120
The Mercedes-Benz W120 was an inline-four cylinder sedan introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1953. Powered initially by the company's existing 1.8 liter M136 engine, it was sold as the Mercedes-Benz 180 through 1962. The Mercedes-Benz W121 was introduced in 1956, powered by a 1.9 liter M121 engine. It sold as the Mercedes-Benz 190 through 1961. The 180 continued to use the 55 hp M136 engine from the Mercedes-Benz 170 Sb until 1957, when it received a downtuned version of the 190's M121.

Mercedes Benz 190/200/220/230 W110 (1961–1968)

1961 Mercedes Benz 190 DB
1961 Mercedes Benz 190 DB
1965 Mercedes Benz 200 W110
1965 Mercedes Benz 200 W110
1966 Mercedes Benz 200 W110
1966 Mercedes Benz 200 W110
1967 Mercedes Benz 200 W111
1967 Mercedes Benz 200 W111
1968 Mercedes Benz 230 W110
1968 Mercedes Benz 230 W110
The W110 was Mercedes-Benz's entry level line of midsize automobiles in the mid-1960s. One of Mercedes' "Fintail" (German: Heckflosse) series, the W110 initially was available with either a 1.9 L M121 gasoline or 2.0 L OM621 diesel inline-four . It was introduced with the 190c and 190Dc sedans in April 1961, replacing the W120 180c/180Dc and W121 190b/190Db. The W110 line was refreshed in July 1965 to become the 200 and Diesel 200D (model year 1966 for North America); at the same time, a six-cylinder 230 (successor to the Mercedes 220) became part of the W110 line. Production lasted just three more years, with the W115 220 and 220D introduced in 1968. The W110 and the 6-cylinder W111 were the first series of Mercedes cars to be extensively crash tested for occupant safety.

Mercedes Benz Executive Sedan W114/W115 (1968-1976)

1968 Mercedes Benz 250 W114
1968 Mercedes Benz 250 W114
1973 Mercedes Benz 280E W114
1973 Mercedes Benz 280E W114
1974 Mercedes Benz 240D W114
1974 Mercedes Benz 240D W114
1975 Mercedes Benz 280C W114
1975 Mercedes Benz 280C W114
1976 Mercedes Benz 230 W114
1976 Mercedes Benz 230 W114
The Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 models are a series of executive sedans and coupés introduced in 1968 by Mercedes-Benz, manufactured through model year 1976, and distinguished in the marketplace by names relating to their engine size. W114 models featured six-cylinder engines and were marketed as the 230, 250, and 280, while W115 models featured four-cylinder engines and were marketed as the 200, 220, 230, and 240. All were styled by Paul Bracq, featuring a three-box design. At the time Mercedes marketed sedans in two size classes, with the W114/W115 positioned below the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Mercedes Benz 200-300 TD W123/C123 (1976–1985)

1976 Mercedes Benz 280E W123
1976 Mercedes Benz 280E W123
1980 Mercedes Benz 240d
1980 Mercedes Benz 240d
1983 Mercedes Benz 230E W123
1983 Mercedes Benz 230E W123
1984 Mercedes Benz 300D W123
1984 Mercedes Benz 300D W123
1985 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbo W123
1985 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbo W123
The Mercedes W123 (200-300TD) is a range of mid size executive cars produced by Mercedes-Benz between January 1976 and January 1986. The W123 models surpassed their predecessor, the Mercedes-Benz W114 models, as the most successful Mercedes, selling 2.7 million cars before replacement by the Mercedes-Benz W124 after 1985. The additional range of smaller Mercedes-Benz W201 models were introduced in 1982.

Mercedes-Benz introduced the W123 four-door versions on January 29, 1976. While there were some technical similarities to their predecessors, the new models were larger in wheelbase and exterior dimensions. The styling was also updated, although stylistic links with the W114 / W115 were maintained. Initially, all models except 280/280E featured quad unequal-size round headlights and the latter large rectangular units. When facelifted, these units became standard across the range

In the spring of 1976, a coupé version was introduced on a shorter wheelbase than the saloon (106.7 inches versus 110 inches for the saloon). This W123C/CE was available as a 230C (later 230CE) and as a 280C/CE in most markets; in North America there were additional 300CD versions with naturally aspirated, later turbocharged 3-litre diesel engines

Mercedes Benz C-Class 190 W201 (1982–1993)

1982 Mercedes Benz 190 W201
1982 Mercedes Benz 190 W201
1993 Mercedes Benz 190E W201
1993 Mercedes Benz 190E W201
The Mercedes-Benz W201 was the first compact executive car manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. Introduced in 1982, it was positioned in the size category below the E-Class and marketed under variants of the Mercedes-Benz 190 nameplate. The W201 featured innovative rear 5-link suspension, subsequently used in E and C class models, front and rear anti-roll bars, anti-dive and anti-squat geometry—as well as airbags, ABS brakes and seatbelt pretensioners. The W201 enjoyed strong sales in Europe but fared poorly in the United States. Series production ended on April 13, 1993 after the manufacture of approximately 1.8 million units. The 190 and its variants were succeeded in the compact executive car segment by the C-Class, a newly-created nameplate.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class W124 (1986-1994)

1990 Mercedes Benz e500
1990 Mercedes Benz e500
W124 is the Mercedes-Benz internal chassis-designation for the 1984/85 to 1995/96 version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well as the first generation to be officially referred to as E-Class. The W124 models replaced the W123 models after 1985 and were succeeded by the W210 E-Class after 1995. In North America, the W124 was launched in early November 1985 as a 1986 model and sold through the 1995 model year, through November 7, 1995.

Small Mercedes-Benz Vehicles

Mercedes Benz 170H W28 (1931–1939)

1936 Mercedes Benz 170H W28
1936 Mercedes Benz 170H W28
1939 Mercedes Benz 170H Convertible Sedan W28
1939 Mercedes Benz 170H Convertible Sedan W28
From 1931 to 1939, Daimler-Benz AG produced three cars (Mercedes-Benz 130, 150 and 170 H) with rear engine as well as a few prototypes. The production numbers remained quite low for each of these models, especially compared to the production of classical front-engine Mercedes cars. In 1930, Daimler-Benz entrusted Hans Nibel with the development of a small rear-engined car, starting from the same principles. In 1931, working with Max Wagner, the type W17 or 120(H) was created, a two-door, equipped with four seats, vertical front and rear wheel arches, and a four-cylinder boxer engine in the rear with a displacement of 1200 cc and a power of 25 hp

Mercedes-Benz SUVs

Mercedes Benz G4 W31 (1934–1939)

1934 Mercedes Benz G4 W31
1934 Mercedes Benz G4 W31
The Mercedes-Benz W31 type G4 was a German three-axle off-road vehicle first produced by Mercedes-Benz as a staff/command car for the Wehrmacht in 1934. The cars were designed as a seven-seat touring car or closed saloon, and were mainly used by upper echelons of the Nazi regime in parades and inspections, as they were deemed too expensive for general Army use.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen W460 (1979–1990)

1979 Mercedes Benz G Class
1979 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen
1987 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen 280GE W460
1987 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen 280GE W460
1988 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen W460
1988 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen W460
1990 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen W460
1990 Mercedes Benz G-Wagen W460
1990 Mercedes Benz G Class W460
1990 Mercedes Benz G Class W460
The original 460-series Geländewagen went on sale in 1979, after having debuted in February of that year. It was offered with two wheelbases, a short wheelbase (SWB) of 2,400 mm and a long one (LWB) of 2,850 mm. One could choose between three body styles: A two-door short wheelbase convertible, a two-door SWB wagon and a long wheelbase four-door wagon. The two wagon versions were also available as windowless two-door Vans (or Kastenwagen in German). While always assembled in Graz, the car was sold as the Puch G only in the Austrian, Swiss, and Eastern European markets. The G-Wagen is characterised by its boxy styling and body-on-frame construction. It uses three fully locking differentials, one of the few vehicles to have such a feature. Despite the introduction of an intended replacement, the unibody SUV Mercedes-Benz GL-Class in 2006, the G-Class is still in production and is one of the longest produced vehicles in Daimler's history, with a span of 35 years

The G-class was developed as a military vehicle from a suggestion by the Shah of Iran (at the time a significant Mercedes shareholder) to Mercedes and offered as a civilian version in 1979. In this role it is sometimes referred to as the "Wolf". The Peugeot P4 was a variant made under licence in France with a Peugeot engine. The first military in the world to use it was the Argentine Army (Ejército Argentino) beginning in 1981 with the military model 461. See Post 1994 Mercedes G W463

Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Mercedes Benz L319 / W136 Pickup (1955–1968)

1952 Mercedes Benz 170 Pickup
1952 Mercedes Benz 170 Pickup
1962 Mercedes Benz L319
1962 Mercedes Benz L319
The Mercedes-Benz L 319 is a light commercial vehicle built by Mercedes-Benz between 1955 and 1967. Larger than a standard delivery van, but smaller than a conventional light truck of the period, it was the manufacturer's first model in this class. The vehicle was offered with a range of van and truck bodies. Special application and minibus (O 319) variants were also available.

Mercedes Benz with the new naming system

For the 1994 model year, Mercedes-Benz revised the naming system. Models were divided into "classes" denoted by an arrangement of up to three letters (see "Current model range" above), followed by a three-digit (or two-digit for AMG models, with the number approximately equal to the displacement in litres multiplied by 10) number related to the engine displacement as before. Variants of the same model such as an estate version or a vehicle with a diesel engine are no longer given a separate letter. The SLR and SLS supercars do not carry a numerical designation.  Post 1994 Mercedes Benz's
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