Mercedes-Benz Classic Cars

Brief History of Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz can trace its roots back to Karl Benz’s 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is often credited to be the first gasoline-powered automobile.In the same year, and without knowledge of Benz’s efforts, Gottlieb Daimler, introduced his own automobile.

The Origin of the Brand

The name Mercedes comes from Emil Jellinek, a European automobile enthusiast and later dealer, who worked with Daimler Motors Corporation. In 1901, Emil asked Daimler to build him a fast car to his specification for the purpose of competition. He named the car Mercedes, after his daughter, and with a reputation for quality and performance, the company would adopt the name for its cars.

The origin of the S-Class

The origin of the S-Class leads back to 1903, to Wilhelm Maybach, who at the time was the chief designer at Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. Wilhelm developed the Mercedes Simplex 60 hp, a posh top-of-the-line model that became the foundation of the super-luxury class, an entirely new car segment.

With its elegance and exclusiveness, stateliness and speed – it was worth every praise. It quickly became popular with royalty and high society, with its spaciousness, armchair-like seats and fully enclosed passenger compartment. It was a degree of motoring comfort not provided by anything else. The phrase automobile got a totally different meaning and it was transformed into a form of conveyance which is acceptable by society.

Mercedes Nürburg 460

Developed by Ferdinand Porsche, who had transferred to Daimler, the Nürburg 460 (W 08) was the first 8-cylinder engine produced by Mercedes. Based on the Horch 8, the car was named originated after the famous German Nürburgring racetrack. Manufactured from 1929 through 1932, the car included a manual four speed transmission with an optional “overdrive” ratio.A Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460 was gifted to the Pope in 1930.

Mercedes-Benz 500 & 540

In 1931 the W08evolved to include an enlarged 4,918cc engine which now also featured a twin downdraft carburetor and increased output to 100 hp. In 1932 the W08 lost the “Nürburg” name, simply titled as the Mercedes-Benz 500.Styling received a minor update with a slightly raked radiator and windscreen. Introduced in 1936, the Mercedes 540k (W 29) was an extension of the 500K with a larger displacement of 5,402 cubic centimeters. Fed by twin pressurized updraft carburetors, developing a 115 hp, the car also had a Roots supercharger, engaged when the accelerator was pushed to the floor, which allowed for maximum horsepower of 180 hp. A long and short chassis were available for independent coachbuilders or inhouse coachwork, including a cabriolet A (two-seater on the short chassis), a cabriolet B (four-seater on the long chassis with four side windows), and a cabriolet C (four-seater on the long chassis with two side windows).

Mercedes-Benz 770

In 1930 Mercedes-Benz introduced to the world its 770 aka ‘Grand Mercedes’. This luxurious and robust chassis with an 8-cylinder engine with a supercharger, was intended for select clientele – most notably, Nazi Germany government use. The supercharged engine could propel the nearly four-ton car to over 100 mph.  Since this car was intended for the elite, it was custom-made in Sindelfingen, Mercedes-Benz inhouse coachworks.

The Grand Mercedes

In 1930 Mercedes-Benz introduced to the world its 770 aka ‘Grand Mercedes’. It was a real gem of automotive engineering and ingenuity. This luxurious prestige saloon with an 8-cylinder engine equipped with a supercharger, was intended for the nit-pickiest clientele. The supercharged engine provided effortlessly superior performance.  With this car, Mercedes continued with its tradition of making luxury automobiles. Since this car was intended for the highest of the high class, it was naturally custom-made in Sindelfingen, where every customer’s wish was accommodated comprehensively.

Mercedes-Benz 300

In 1951 Mercedes yet again launched a new flagship model known as the Mercedes-Benz 300. It was launched at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, 6 years after the end of WWII. This new model featured a 6-cylinder engine with overhead camshaft, air-conditioning and power assisted steering. This model put Germany back on the international automotive scene. The most famous of these cars was the “Gullwing” coupe (W 198) introduced in 1954. Capable of over 160 mph, it was the fastest production car at the time.

Mercedes-Benz 220 & 22a

Parallel to the 300 model, Mercedes-Benz presented a standard sedan at the 1951 International Motor Show in Frankfurt. This model was called the 220 (W 187), also featured the new 6-cylinder engine. A variation of this car would be produced well into the 1970’s, becoming the W 180 in 1854, the W 128 in 1958, and the W 115 in 1968.

The 220 was also known gave birth to the 220a in 1954. It was the first 6-cylinder Mercedes-Benz that featured a unitized-body design. The ‘ponton body’ provided for increased spaciousness due to the improved self-support chassis-body structure, it also included a longer wheelbase, and a slight increase in horsepower. This popular post-war model helped Mercedes-Benz get back on its feet after the war, with over 25,000 units sold.

Of course, today Mercedes-Benz remains a recognized brand around the world and manufactures a wide range of popular cars.


Our Previously Sold Mercedes-Benz


  • 1951 Mercedes-Benz 170S Cabriolet For Sale at Hyman LTD

    1951 Mercedes-Benz 170S



  • 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC



  • 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster For Sale at Hyman LTD

    1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL




  • 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL V8



  • 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe For Sale at Hyman LTD

    1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5



  • 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL