Full Mercedes-Benz Model List (All Historic Models)
Very few automotive manufacturers have as rich a history as Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz brand was created when the merger between Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) and Benz & Cie., came together to becom Daimler-Benz AG, in summer 1926. It wouldn’t be right to have a page about Mercedes-Benz models without acknowledging the originals, the Benz cars. The 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen (created by Mr. Karl Benz himself), is not only the first piece of machinery under the famous brand name, but is widely regarded and respected as the first gasoline-powered automobile ever in history. This vehicle was financed and first made famous by Karl Benz’s wife, Bertha. From there, several Benz models went on the build the company we know and love today.
Luxury started early for Mercedes. The roots of the S-Class for example date back to the origins of the Mercedes brand: in 1903, Wilhelm Maybach, chief designer at Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, developed the Mercedes Simplex 60 hp, a new top-of-the-range model that was available also in the form of a luxurious touring saloon. It was an automobile worthy of every superlative – elegant and exclusive, stately and fast – an automobile that opened up new perspectives for the high society of the day and which, thanks to its lavish spaciousness, seats in the style of comfortable armchairs and fully enclosed passenger compartment, offered a degree of motoring comfort unattained by conventional “motor carriages”. In short, the Simplex 60 hp transformed the automobile into a form of conveyance acceptable in polite society. Since then the Mercedes name has stood for luxury above all else.
The Mercedes-Benz SL has been the epitome of a sports car legend. Even at its inception in 1952 the SL had the makings of a living legend: charismatic good looks, an unforgettable presence and all the ingredients for success. Originally built as a racing sports car, the Mercedes-Benz SL was designed for peak performance. However, customer demand prompted the developers of successor models to seek more refined ways to express athletic prowess. The SL combined increased power with innovations that kept on setting new benchmarks for comfort and safety. But the secret of its popularity was without doubt that the Mercedes-Benz SL wore its sporting ambition with an air of distinction and cultured refinement. It is a combination that has become the trademark of a living legend.