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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class: the epitome of engineering

I. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class

— Captivating in the sum of its qualities

World’s best-selling luxury

— A unique tradition the early days of the brand

The from Mercedes-Benz has a long and tradition that stretches to the early days of the Mercedes at the beginning of the 20th century. then, every model has the automotive developments of its time. the reputation of the Mercedes-Benz brand for high-end vehicles with an on luxury, comfort and safety had firmly established long the S-Class was given its official

This tradition follows the of a car that is always a reflection of the After all, with new generation of its top-of-the-range vehicles, has always provided convincing to the wishes and needs of each era. In a phrase that up the importance of the model’s history through to the present day, the and its predecessors are, and have been, the epitome of the perfect

Captivating in the sum of its qualities

Thanks to the technology, high level of and ground-breaking safety systems in generation, the flagship model Mercedes-Benz is considered a pioneer of engineering – and of the industry as a whole, as technical features offered by for the first time in a series car with the S-Class were also adopted by other car

This pioneering role has a constant throughout the company’s and it is still an important aspect at today. There is hardly any vehicle with which is identified more closely the S-Class. Due to the sum of its characteristics, it is a benchmark for the Mercedes-Benz brand and is considered the in its class throughout the industry.

The embodies the image of premium-class vehicles: it is the automotive essence of a characterised by the highest possible of mobility and individuality, and stands for the in success and good taste. Not for has the S-Class been acclaimed and again as the best car in the world.

The best-selling luxury vehicle

1951, when the production of class saloons resumed for the time since the end of the Second War, Mercedes-Benz has sold than 3.5 million high-end This makes the S-Class and its the most successful model in this segment. The current series 221 has continued the success by selling more than units since its market in autumn 2005.

A unique stretching back to the early days

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class back on a unique tradition. the early days of the Mercedes at the start of the 20th century, its range has focused around vehicles. Mercedes-Benz dominated the luxury segment right the start and helped to shape developments in every era like no marque.

From W 187 to ‘Ponton (1951 to 1959)

The direct line of the S-Class begins in the period with the type 220 (W which marked the return of to the luxury segment in 1951 – six after the end of the Second World War and the first phase of Germany’s was complete. In 1954, this was by a completely new model with the designation. This new type also known internally as the 220 a (W was the first Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder with a unitized body Its ultra-modern, spacious ‘ponton’ offered previously unheard of of comfort. With the launch of the and more powerful type 220 S in the ‘S’ designation became a permanent in the names of high-end Mercedes-Benz underlining the special status of the six-cylinder. 1958 saw the launch of the 220 SE (W an even more powerful of the flagship model thanks to injection. As with the 300 d (W 189) limousine introduced one year the vehicle’s performance and efficiency enhanced by manifold injection.

‘fintail’ to high-performance saloon to 1972)

The ‘fintail’ models in 1959 (220, 220 S and 220 SE (W 111)) their nickname from the tail fins that the rear wing. Owing to function as a parking aid, were also officially as ‘sight lines’. The new high-end represented a very special in automotive history, as this was the time that the safety with crumple zones by Béla Barényi had been on a series production car. The model presented in 1961, the 300 SE (W was fitted as standard with air and the newly developed automatic from Mercedes-Benz, and its longer in 1963 started off a tradition in class saloons by Mercedes-Benz: the which was now 10 centimetres longer, rear passengers significantly legroom and comfort. The 108 and 109 sedans, replaced the 1965 ‘Fintail’, characterised by a timelessly elegant and large windows. In addition to the fitted with conventional springs – referred to internally as the 108 –, there was also an air-sprung of the model series 109, was also available from the with a 10 cm longer wheelbase. highlights included the 300 SEL 6.3 presented in The new top-of-the-range model in the series was with the high-performance V8 engine the high-end Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan. In to exceptional comfort and luxurious fittings, it also rivalled the of a sports car.

Model 116 (1972 to 1980)

The name of the 116 launched in 1972 also what had been on the agenda at for decades: all luxury sedans an ‘S’ in their model designation now officially referred to as ‘S-Class’. The new went hand in hand a whole bundle of innovations set new standards in respect of safety and The comprehensive safety concept a collision-proof fuel tank, a safety steering wheel, side windows, larger distinctive turn signal and dirt-deflecting ribbed rear 1977 saw the dawn of the diesel age in the class with the 300 SD, although was initially just in the North markets. The luxury diesel was the first series production car a turbo-diesel engine. From the S-Class was the first series vehicle to be fitted with ABS braking system), which that the vehicle would fully to the driver’s steering even in an emergency braking A global sensation, this innovation is now standard across all categories. The S-Class underlined its as an automotive engineering benchmark and its designation became a generic for high-end vehicles.

Model 126 (1979 to 1991)

The transfer of from the S-Class to other model series and to competitor before becoming the generally technology standard continued in the that followed, turning the into a genuine trendsetter. The now a key component of automotive safety, its debut in 1981, in the model 126 which had been launched two earlier. Other features this S-Class generation the aerodynamically-enhanced shape and systematic reduction through the use of elements as the new light-alloy V8 engines. The model 126 also set the trend in terms of its it was the first Mercedes-Benz passenger car to do with the traditional chrome in favour of deformable plastic built to withstand a ‘parking Initially felt by some to be plain and tasteless, the design of the series 126 soon came to be as timeless and elegant.

Model 140 (1991 to 1998)

The S-Class of the series 140 represented the new superlative at in 1991. Its developers were for maximum comfort, not least due to the dimensions and double glazing for acoustic insulation. The top models, 600 SE and 600 were the first series cars at Mercedes-Benz to feature a V12 The entry model was the 300 SD turbo-diesel, now brought luxury class to the segment in the markets outside of America too. This of the S-Class also introduced a safety innovation to the world of engineering: the ESP® Electronic Program which was fitted as on the V12 versions and was available as an option on the V8 from 1995 onwards. The year also saw the addition of the BAS Assist System.

Model series 220 (1998 to

After the model change in the appearance of the new S-Class (model 220) was all about understatement. saving and a further increase in and comfort were among the development goals. Despite to abandon weight-intensive features as double glazing, the new model offered even greater not least due to the new electronically controlled air suspension, COMAND control and system, and innovative DISTRONIC cruise control system. Body Control (ABC), was available from 1999, body roll for an as yet unsurpassed of driving dynamics. The interior which, for the first time, had developed in close conjunction the exterior, created an inimitable in the S-Class. The first AMG model to make its way into the S-Class list, the S 55 AMG appealed to customers a passion for speed. Even the high-end model without the AMG badge, the S 600, had its performance in autumn 2002, making it of reaching the magical 368 kW (500 hp) for the first time ever. At the time, the model series 220 saw the of another ground-breaking innovation: the preventive occupant safety This system enabled the to prepare occupants for an imminent by automatically initiating measures for optimum protection. As part of the refinement, the S-Class could now be equipped with intelligent permanent all-wheel drive for the time.

Model series 221 to 2013)

The model generation 221 in 2005 combined an expressive with a high-grade, luxury The advanced COMAND system a controller on the central tunnel for and intuitive operation of the increasingly functions and menus. Other technical innovations included Night View Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS proximity and Brake Assist Plus, was upgraded to the PRE-SAFE brake autonomous partial braking in Further assistance systems as Blind Spot Assist, Keeping Assist and Speed Assist helped to further the strain on the driver and brought the S-Class one step closer to the of safe, accident-free driving. generation of the S-Class also set new in terms of improved physiological which was demonstrated by comparing the rates of various drivers. In respect, too, the S-Class that its extremely sound established over more 40 years could still be upon.

The upgraded generation of the 221 was launched in 2009. The S 400 HYBRID was the luxury Mercedes-Benz model a hybrid drive and the first production car with a lithium-ion Other prime examples of were the S 350 BlueTEC model in 2010 – a particularly clean – and the S 350 and S 500 BlueEFFICIENCY featuring petrol that were extremely yet powerful thanks to direct injection. Finally, at the start of Mercedes-Benz introduced a highly four-cylinder engine to the S-Class in the of the S 250 CDI. Its diesel powerplant the consumption figures one would of a compact car, previously by a vehicle in the luxury class – any compromise in terms of performance and

The roots of the S-Class

The unique of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class did not begin the type 220 (W 187) in 1951; its stretch right back to the origins of the Mercedes brand at the of the 20th century. An early, example is the Mercedes-Simplex 60 PS launched in The then top-of-the-range model is now one of the spectacular exhibits in the Mercedes-Benz collection. The elegant and luxurious sedan from 1904 was owned by Emil Jellinek, a key in the early history of the Mercedes

In the years to follow, the Mercedes and sales ranges always several high-end, luxury Even though open-top were by far the most commonly-used form during this the more powerful models also offered as luxury affording the ultimate in passenger

In the mid-1920s it was a different picture. Due to more powerful engines and volumes of traffic, which the programme was unable to keep up safe handling characteristics, a interior and optimum protection wind, rain and dust becoming more and more Saloons and Pullman saloons began to replace the open-top The important high-end, luxury of this era were the six-cylinder 15/70/100 PS and 24/100/140 PS, produced the Mercedes marque at the end of 1924. In the merger of the two previously independent founded by Carl Benz and Daimler led to the creation of Daimler-Benz AG, added the first Mercedes-Benz car with an eight-cylinder engine, the 460 (W 08), to its model range in It remained in the sales programme – continuous further development – 1939. The last model was the 500. From 1926 the entry-level vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz range was the six-cylinder 12/55 PS, was continually refined and developed to the launch of the Mercedes-Benz Mannheim 370 (W 10) in The completely new Mercedes-Benz 290 (W 18) followed in but went on to be replaced by the type 320 (W in 1937.

High-end saloons

In to vehicles from the high-end, segment, Mercedes-Benz has always cars that represent a advancement. They not only the highest standards in terms of comfort and style: due to their as an absolutely top-of-the-range model, luxurious ambience and particularly and spacious interior, they are tailored to meet the requirements of who need to, or have to, reflect status in the choice of their too. In this category was the ‘Super Mercedes’ launched in also known as the type Powered by a large-displacement eight-cylinder with supercharging, this Mercedes-Benz model was used as an statement, primarily by crowned and heads of state and high-ranking from the world of industry and

The ‘Adenauer Mercedes’ (1951 to

After the Second World Mercedes-Benz once again the luxury class automotive The type 300 (W 186) made its in 1951 along with the 220 at the first International Motor (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main. it was launched, the new flagship model Mercedes-Benz was the fastest German car with a top speed of 160 km/h. The 300 was the first official state produced in Germany after the war and represents, like no other Germany’s return to the international The German Chancellor Konrad was given one of the first examples of model in December 1951 from then on, he would be around in nothing other a type 300. Consequently, the model became popularly as the ‘Adenauer Mercedes’. The type 300 was revised in 1957 and was given the designation 300 d (W 189). The ‘d’ stood for the that this was the fourth (after the 300, 300 b, and 300 c). The car’s engine output was thanks to injection which, for the first was no longer direct fuel but manifold injection. The longer and larger body resulted in comfort, as did the optional electronic steering and air conditioning – both of were anything but commonplace at the The air conditioning system, known then as the ‘cooling system’, was at an extra cost of DM 3,500 – the same as it would have for an entire VW Beetle at the end of the 1950s.

The type 600 (1963 to 1981)

One and a years after the last 300 off the production line in Sindelfingen in 1963, a new top-of-the-range model Mercedes-Benz made its debut at the Motor Show in Frankfurt. The 600 (W 100) was a superlative vehicle: its V8 engine delivered an extremely performance and a top speed in excess of 200 Optimum ride comfort was by air suspension, an automatic transmission in-house and electronic power Unique hydraulic comfort enabled adjustment of the front and rear bench, opening and of the doors, boot lid and optional roof, and opening and closing of the windows. The five to six-seater with a regular wheelbase of millimetres was predominantly ordered by discerning private customers. In Mercedes-Benz also offered a to eight-seater version with a 70 cm wheelbase, which was primarily as an official state or ceremonial In June 1981, the last of a of 2,677 examples of the legendary saloon was produced at the Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen. It was driven straight to where it was given pride of in the company’s vehicle collection.

Present and future

Over 20 later, the company was once dominating the high-end luxury segment: with the Maybach 57 and 62 models, which were in exclusive limited editions to the specifications of their discerning at the Sindelfingen plant between and 2012.

From 2013 Mercedes-Benz will take its tradition of building luxury, vehicles into the future the new S-Class (model series

II. Highlights of the S-Class and its predecessors

The S-Class and its predecessors have stood for innovative automotive Over the years, they continually brought new features to the which have then widespread acceptance. Here is a overview of the special features in model series.

Mercedes-Simplex 60 PS to 1905)

— State-of-the-art engine: large-displacement four-cylinder with overhead intake

— Highly efficient radiator

— Longer and low centre of gravity

Mercedes-Benz W 08 (1928 to 1933)

— Mercedes-Benz series production car an eight-cylinder engine

— and spacious Pullman body

High-speed transmission system as equipment (from 1931, in with increased cubic

Mercedes-Benz 770 ‘Super Mercedes’, W 07 and W 150 to 1943)

— First series production car with an supercharged engine

— ignition system with two plugs per cylinder (high-voltage ignition and battery ignition)

High-speed transmission system manual transmission from

— Oval tubular box (from 1938)

— De rear axle (from

Mercedes-Benz 320, W 142 (1937 to

— Smooth-running six-cylinder

— All-synchromesh four-speed with remote action from 1939

— range of bodies: sedan, sedan (with exterior from 1939), streamlined several convertibles

Mercedes-Benz W 186 and W 189 (1951 to 1962)

— six-cylinder engine with camshaft

— Manually-controlled manifold fuel injection 1957)

— Safety lock to prevent the doors bursting open

— torsion bar suspension to compensate the of the rear wheels under loads

— Heating blower(s) as standard

— Air as special equipment (from

— Power-assisted steering as equipment (from 1958)

220, W 187 (1951 to 1954)

Cutting-edge six-cylinder engine overhead camshaft

— tang lock to prevent the from bursting open

Heating with blower(s) as equipment

Mercedes-Benz 220 a/220 SE, W 180/W 128 (1954 to 1959)

Integral body construction

Increased spaciousness and comfort due to ponton shape

— suspension subframe

— swing axle with low of rotation

— Brake with turbo cooler

Heating with blower(s) as separately adjustable for driver and passenger

— Hydrak hydraulic clutch as special (from 1957)

— intake manifold fuel (220 SE, from 1958)

220 b to 300 SE/300 SE long, W 111/W 112 to 1965)

— Passenger cell with crumple (front and rear)

— steering wheel and interior designed so as to reduce injury in accidents

— Wedge-pin locks featuring two safety

— Disk brakes SE, from 1961)

— braking system (from

— Four-speed automatic (from 1961)

— Air (300 SE, from 1961)

Long version available SE, from 1963)

— locking as special equipment SE long)

Mercedes-Benz 600, W 100 to 1981)

— Powerful, V8 engine

— Four-speed transmission

— Dual-circuit system with disk

— Air suspension

— steering

— Central system for seat adjustment, and closing doors, windows and compartment

— Electronically-controlled and ventilation system

Mercedes-Benz 250 S to 300 SEL W 108/W 109 (1965 to 1972)

Safety steering system 1967)

— Hydropneumatic spring on rear axle

Air suspension (300 SEL, 300 SEL 300 SEL 3.5)

— Top-of-the-range 300 SEL 6.3 with an output of 250 hp (184 powerful V8 engine and sports car (from 1968)

Mercedes-Benz 116 model (1972 to 1980)

First official use of the ‘S-Class’

— Integral safety

four-spoke safety steering

tank above rear to protect it from collisions

door handles

generously headlamps and turn signal

dirt-deflecting taillights

dirt-deflecting windows

— ABS (anti-lock system) as special equipment 1978)

— Cruise as special equipment (from

— Double wishbone axle

— Coupled-link with anti-squat control SE, 450 SEL, 450 SEL 6.9)

— transmission with torque as special equipment (standard on 450 SE, 450 450 SEL 6.9)

— Self-levelling suspension (450 SEL 6.9, 1975)

— First class sedan with a engine, first series passenger car with a turbo-diesel (300 SD, from 1978)

S-Class 126 model (1979 to

— Bodyshell with longitudinal member, first production vehicle worldwide to the offset crash requirements

Lower drag coefficient of cd =

— New V8 engines with block

— Closed-loop converter as special equipment 1985) or standard fitment 1986)

— Electrically steering column as special (from 1985)

— airbag and belt tensioner for passenger as special equipment 1981)

— Passenger-side air bag 1988)

— Automatic differential as special equipment for the models (from 1985)

ASR (acceleration slip regulation) as equipment for V8 models (from

— The most successful luxury Mercedes-Benz sedan

S-Class 140 model (1991 to

— Petrol engines four-valve technology and variably inlet camshafts

— Mercedes-Benz series production car a twelve-cylinder engine, the brand’s powerful passenger car engine up to point (600 SE, 600 SEL)

Premium-class diesel 300 SD available for the time on the world markets

Systematically designed for a high of recyclability

— Total of chlorofluorocarbons

— Five-speed transmission with electronic (standard fitment for V8 and V12 models, 1995)

— Parameter with speed-dependent steering

— Insulating double on side windows for reduced

— Automatic climate with activated charcoal and CO/NOX sensors as standard (S 600) or special equipment

Electrically folding exterior

— Closing assist for and boot lid as special equipment

Headlamps with variable-focus

— Electronics linking via

— Restraint system automatic height adjustment

Side airbags for driver and passenger (from 1996)

Adaptive damping system as special equipment

— Electronic Stability (ESP® ) as standard equipment (S from 1995) or special (S 420, S 500, from

— Brake Assist from 1996)

— electronic parking aid as standard (S 600, from 1995) or equipment (from 1995)

Auto Pilot System navigation system as special (from 1995)

— emergency call system as equipment (from 1997)

LINGUATRONIC voice control as special equipment (from

— Xenon headlights dynamic headlamp range as special equipment (from

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 220 model to 2005)

— Lightweight with weight-reducing materials mix steel, light alloy,

— Aluminium crash in the front end and rear structure

Drag coefficient cd = 0.27

Automatic cylinder cut-out as standard equipment (S 600) or equipment (S 500)

— bags

— Rear bags

— Passenger-side air bag two-stage gas generator

— belt tensioner and belt limiter

— Side with laminated glass

Multizone automatic climate with solar-dependent settings for seats

— Luxury with ventilation and dynamic backrest as special equipment

DISTRONIC proximity control as equipment

— KEYLESS‑GO access and drive authorisation as special equipment

— headlights with dynamic range control as special (from 2002, standard on the S 600)

— PRE‑SAFE® occupant safety system 2002)

— V8 diesel with light alloy (S 400 CDI)

— 4MATIC all-wheel drive as special (S 430, S 500, from

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 221 model to 2013)

— Drag cd = 0.26

— First car an environment certificate

— 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission electronic management and DIRECT steering column shift

Active Body Control ABC crosswind stabilisation as special (standard fitment on the S 600)

ADAPTIVE BRAKE system

Adaptive brake light

Brake Assist Plus as equipment

— Advanced PLUS proximity control braking to a standstill) as special

— PRE-SAFE brake autonomous partial braking 2006) or autonomous emergency (from 2009) as special

— Advanced COMAND with controller on the central

— SPLITVIEW display as equipment (from 2009)

Park Assist as special

— Panoramic tilting/sliding as special equipment

— Night View Assist as equipment

— Blind Assist as special equipment 2007, active Blind Assist from 2010)

Lane Keeping Assist as equipment (from 2009, Lane Keeping Assist 2010)

— Adaptive Assist as special equipment 2009)

— Speed Assist as special equipment 2009)

— First class vehicle with a drive and lithium-ion battery (S 400 from 2009)

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— S-Class with a four-cylinder (S 250 CDI, from 2010)

The S-Class and its predecessors in the international

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class enjoyed acclaim in the global media. from contemporary articles all of the S-Class predecessors also to give a flavour of each period in which they driven.

The Mercedes-Simplex in the press

Automobil Zeitung (AAZ), 51-52/1902, on the Mercedes-Simplex at the Paris Show:

“We have already that the French are calling year’s motor show a salon’. The Mercedes models are a key theme running through the symphony of countless automotive which vary to a greater or extent in their sophistication. The have already added a new to their vocabulary that the transition from automotive in a general sense to Daimler they talk very of a ‘Daimlerfication’. The honeycomb radiator, has partly influenced the lines of the and was virtually unheard of at the last has now become a model for most manufacturers. On 12 December, the King of was one of the many visitors at the Paris Show and, it must be a very knowledgeable one. He to be shown around every and his tour also took him to the car display. His interest in this is an understandable one, as the king drives a 40 HP Mercedes and recently one of the very latest 60 HP models Cannstatt. During his tour the was introduced to the engineer Maybach, who to be there at the time, and a lively ensued between the two about technical matters. It was a sight to the tall figure of the king and the figure of Maybach. But, in fact, they were kings: Leopold, King of and Maybach, King of the Constructors. was certainly a key figure at the exhibition.”

Automobil Zeitung (AAZ), 3/1903, on the Mercedes models of “Today, the Mercedes car is at the very of the international automobile industry, a that not even the French can deny. […] We’ve already in our first reports from the show how far the desire to imitate has There are certainly companies who to copy its shape, if not its mechanical […] There has been a significant to the Mercedes carburettor. […] The new carburettor is smaller than the previous one and it enable the engine’s revs to be even further so that, the engine is idling, you really can next to the vehicle and not hear a […]”

Allgemeine Automobil (AAZ), issue 28/1903, on the of the Mercedes-Simplex 60 PS at the Gordon Bennett in 1903:

“Although people knew that the 60 HP Mercedes was of reaching incredible speeds, were also aware it was still behind the French in terms of absolute speed. speed alone was not the decisive on this circuit with its curves and sharp angles. In of getting ahead quickly, the of the engine was much more and, as we know, the Mercedes has in abundance. The driver of the 60 HP model not have to worry much the gearstick when changing He can achieve the smoothest variations in simply by leaving the car in fourth and just shifting for gas intake and ignition. In this way, the of the 60 HP machine can be increased from of a trot to 120 km/h.”

In the same the AAZ also quoted the Nevus Tagblatt published around the time: “The English and were out on the track weeks They knew every every bend in the road and tree. […] The German competitors, on the hand, turned up shortly the race and didn’t know the at all; they were on the quality of their cars They were also the ones who did not bring their to the starting line wrapped in wool. Instead, they the cars they intended to from Cannstatt to Paris, and Paris to Le Havre, before the channel and continuing the journey – under their own steam – Wales to the Irish Sea. And with the same vehicles in they had completed this journey, they then on in Ireland to beat everything could be described as the quintessence of automotive engineering … the Mercedes was by the ingenious Maybach; all glory and goes to him!”

The Mercedes-Benz 460 and 500 (W 08/4, W 08) in the press

Allgemeine Zeitung (AAZ), Vienna, 23/1928, on the Mercedes-Benz Nürburg “Given the basic traditional of Mercedes-Benz to only build cars to absolute perfection, it is no that this vehicle was launched once its design had subjected to the most stringent of As a final trial by fire, the new had to complete a continuous day and night run driver changeovers on the most test track in the world, the The general assumption that a car would be unable to do more 10,000 km without a break on the was convincingly disproved by the new eight-cylinder on the very first test It completed 20,000 km over days of driving with an speed of over 64 km/h, and top of up to 110 km, in superb form, setting a new in reliability. Owing to this achievement, the new eight-cylinder model was the name ‘Nürburg’ (4.6 18/80 hp, 460 model).”

Auto Revue, issue on the Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460:

feeling of pure pleasure and safety in this car is due to the careful distribution, which virtually the possibility of skidding. There was no at all of the driver tiring due to the weight of the The wide track, good and easy, comfortable steering, as as the absolute feeling of safety and even at the highest speeds, that drivers suffer no symptoms of fatigue even longer distances.”

Motor und Germany, issue 37/1933, on the Nürburg 500:

“This is one of the most spacious seven (wheelbase: 3.67 m), offering comfort and an unusually sophisticated It has an extremely soft-sprung suspension and the and all drive components operate no vibrations or noise. The refinement of the bodies is perfectly in tune the car’s technical supremacy. [. ] The is definitely a car that you can cover distances in with remarkable comfort, and with which you can high average speeds and levels due to the engine’s balanced and excellent transmission system.”

770 ‘Super Mercedes’ (W 07, W 150) in the

Allgemeine Automobil Zeitung Germany, issue 38/1930, on the 770 ‘Super Mercedes’ (W 07):

model once again German car manufacturing at the top of a special that has, in fact, been Germany’s domain the beginning of automotive history – and one is closely associated with the of Mercedes-Benz. One may assume that who believe that their requirements can only be met by the absolute of achievement will now turn attention to this model.”

und Sport, Germany, issue on the Mercedes-Benz 770 ‘Super Mercedes’ (W “There are vehicles, some of have been produced recently, that it would be to drive at more than 70 but the Super Mercedes is certainly not one of Unlike well-known competitor the performance of the Super Mercedes at any is simply untouchable. The car’s may not be quite as sensitive as its American but the Super Mercedes promotes a driving style which improved road holding. We of no other vehicle that such safe driving a heavy body at a breathtaking of 120 km/h. And this is the ultimate and raison d’être for this model. Despite its basic attitude, the Super Mercedes the crowning glory of Daimler-Benz and the final step in achieving the level of automotive comfort the resources currently available.”

The UK, issue 632 from 23 May 1939, on the 770 ‘Super Mercedes’ (W 150):

a limousine of this size not be driven in a spectacular manner. We did fast travelling on winding and the general standard of handling and holding is undoubtedly very indeed. The car holds its course through fast bends, and the rigidity of the tubular chassis is reflected in the road holding. no ride control is employed, the system provides a good of soft riding in town steady cornering and freedom excessive roll on the open and the whole car gives an impression of stability.”

The Mercedes-Benz 320 (W 142) in the

Allgemeine Automobil Zeitung Germany, issue 33/1937, on the 320:

“It is tempting, with automobile, to talk more the very palpable creature that its occupants experience than about its technical This is mainly because the workings of the car hum away so inconspicuously in the that one could easily the amount of high-quality work in of design and engineering that is for such an achievement. [. ] The engine is a of quietness, elasticity and silky the unswerving smoothness of the ride is retained when the driver his nervousness by putting his foot [. ] The general appointments of this meet the highest standards. The leave nothing to be desired it comes to comfort and convenience.”

Revue, Germany, issue on the Mercedes-Benz 320:

“The company’s Sindelfingen body as one of the greatest achievements in international construction and represents the finest workmanship in tandem with good taste. Its outward and elegance go hand in hand the highest possible level of inside, with the most of rides and with the unwavering principle in all things large and that contribute to the overall of this exemplary vehicle.”

The UK, on the Mercedes-Benz 320 in its issue dated 18 1938:

“The road is refined as regards smoothness and of the engine, and very comfortable is given also, this car up well from two opposed in that it is quiet, flexible and to the degree of silkiness for town and driving, yet notably free effort at maintained high [. ] The interior is very well and leather upholstery is used, in external appearance this car is distinctive and handsome.”

The Mercedes-Benz 300 (W in the press

Automobil Revue, issue 25/1952, on the Mercedes-Benz

“From time to time a few factories succeed in developing and a vehicle that is highly both by the owners and the experts and by the public and that, as a whole, go down as a milestone in the history of engineering. The new Mercedes-Benz 300 will its place in this exclusive of automobiles.”

Das Auto, Motor und Germany, issue 11/1952, on the 300:

“The engine fantastically. It’s not just its and output – its elasticity, its refinement and its are delightful too. It is every bit the of the American throttle engines the latter properties are concerned. we want express how pleased we are the Mercedes 300alsomarks the German car return to the world market a top product. In Untertürkheim they can be proud of the fact that in the MB 300 they have succeeded away in creating a truly specimen.”

Autocar, UK, issue 23 May on the Mercedes-Benz 300:

“There are few saloon cars which are of a mean speed of over 100 but to obtain this result on a saloon car with generous for passengers and luggage, using an of three-litre capacity said to only 114 b.h.p. is a notable The suspension and handling qualities a combination of a riding comfort, and safety which reaches the of a current achievement. The ride is enough for the most fastidious but is very damped, and there is no of roll, even when really fast over roads. There is no noticeable to understeer or oversteer; if forced to the the rear end will begin to but in a way which is instantly controllable by a of the wheel. The Type 300 of Mercedes-Benz is a very strong competitor for the of the most discerning international to whom it will appeal of its performance, detail finish and It maintains a high general of excellence.”

The Mercedes-Benz 220 (W 187) in the

Das Auto, Motor und Sport, issue 23/1951, on the Mercedes-Benz

“For the first time the 220 has within the shell of a relatively vehicle above-average ride sports car temperament and the comfort and respectability of a luxury car.”

Rundschau, Germany, issue on the Mercedes-Benz 220:

“The Mercedes-Benz 220 is – following the of many Mercedes enthusiasts – in the 170 S, but with a 2.2-litre six-cylinder 80 hp engine that, in combination the automobile’s supreme handling, top average speeds to be safely regardless of the load, even in the It is a touring vehicle with the of a sports car. The road is so reliable and drive so quiet speeds of well over 100 on the autobahn don’t seem fast.”

ADAC Motorwelt, November 1951, on the Mercedes-Benz “Viewed as a whole, not only are the characteristics of the 220 well above but we would venture to suggest there can be few vehicle models in the world that boast perfect handling qualities as car.”

Automobil Revue, issue 5/1952, on the Mercedes-Benz

“There is without doubt to it than meets the eye. Its have at their disposal a safe, comfortable and economical the sum of whose qualities can be matched by few touring cars in the same and beaten only by more ones.”

The ‘Ponton’ six-cylinder (W 180/W 128) in the press

Das Motor und Sport, Germany, 19/1954, on the Mercedes-Benz 220 a: “One of the distinctive features of this car is its handling safety even at speeds. Even on the poorest it does not, even for a consider departing its lane, and it even the trickiest of corners in its without requiring any particular corrections and without any perceptible inclination. [. ] In addition to its elasticity, the of the 220 is remarkable for its exemplary balance and running, only when is a slight vibration detectable.”

Rundschau, Germany, issue on the Mercedes-Benz 220 a:

“The Mercedes-Benz 220 is a first-class product of European construction. Although we use superlatives carefully, they cannot be here, and in particular when used to describe the now so advanced engine with its smooth [. ].”

Automobil Revue, Switzerland, 9/1955, on the Mercedes-Benz 220 a:

“The 220 a has become a first-class European of exceptional character and is an embodiment of general and of technological progress. But for the sober observer, it offers – maintaining a level of quality no considered standard today – a combination of a lavish interior and low-key exterior dimensions, handling safety and comfort exterior beauty and economical Making the acquaintance of the 220 a has increased our yet further for the capabilities of its world-famous not least because of its thoroughly price.”

Das Auto, Motor und Germany, issue 4/1959, on the 220 SE:

“This 1400 kg car (with tank and radio) is so responsive to the pedal that it is no exaggeration to talk of it setting new standards – at as far as any reputable conventional car is concerned. the typical quiet engine associated only with six or more, we experienced the sort of culture one normally only in truly large-displacement vehicles.”

The fin’ six-cylinder models (W 112) in the press

Autocar, UK, 6 1959, on the Mercedes-Benz 220 SE: “In summary the 220 SE has road manners, undoubtedly to the firm’s long experience in In addition, it permits the achievement of and sustained cruising speeds very good economy. The is planned to carry five and their luggage over distances, in a manner matched by few cars, irrespective of their of origin.”

Sports Cars, UK, 1959, on the Mercedes-Benz 220 S and 220 SE:


“‘Fabelhaft’ is the word for fabulous and this sums up the new 220 Mercedes. It sets a new for the industry, a standard that few will be able to equal.”

motor und sport, Germany, 19/1963, on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE: “The 300 SE operates as a kind of signboard for the car range, combining in one vehicle design refinement available: air automatic transmission, power […] There are few cars in the world in one can travel in such comfort and as in the 300 SE.”

The Mercedes-Benz 600 (W 100) in the

Motor Revue, Germany, 3/1965, on the Mercedes-Benz 600: ride comfort undoubtedly the pinnacle of everything achieved in technology to date.” The magazine wrote the following about the safety: “The over-used ‘adhesion’ is entirely appropriate for the handling is completely neutral and so during fast cornering – up to a when at the rear there is somewhat less lateral than at the front, so that a decline in the wonderfully direct and steering allows safe of the vehicle. But this is definitely not the One can drive the 600 like a sports car on passes without experiencing phenomena – a well-driven sports car then have trouble up.”

auto motor und issue 23/1966, using understated irony to sum up the Mercedes-Benz

“That one can – even when cars – use such a vehicle as a of orientation is a ray of hope in view of the trend towards mediocrity. It is by no exaggerated to expect from all as much comfort and operability as the 600 They can probably never be too because even the 600 is, as we discovered three weeks of everyday just about good

The model series W 108/W 109 in the

auto motor und sport, issue 2/1966, on the Mercedes-Benz 250 SE: ease, quietness and gentleness driving, the handling safety at speeds and on cornering, the outstanding equipment, the attention to quality and paid even to secondary speak for themselves and rank the 250 SE up with the world’s best

auto motor und sport, issue 6/1968, on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL

“We took delivery of one of the closely first examples, a vehicle not yet fitted with the ‘6.3’ The lack of model badge to cause confusion to many a 911 and 911 S driver, normally accustomed to kings of the autobahn and who now suddenly themselves being left flat-footed by the distinguished and relatively Mercedes. Should any of them be this, we would wish to out that they have no to return their vehicles to the on account of deficient performance.”

The model series 116 in the press

motor und sport, Germany, 2/1973, on the Mercedes-Benz 350 SE: “The of driving a Mercedes 350 SE is sadly an one and affordable only by a minority. is regrettable, because for the considerable outlay one gets not only and a status symbol, but also importantly a wealth of benefits one would wish for in any car: a degree of active safety and perfected body design, comfort, large reserves of effortless driving and exemplary And all these highly desirable come together to form an image in which one thing out above all – that this is one of the most perfect cars.”

UK, June 1975, on the Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL

“A car of such speed and weight have demonstrably good and handling, and this one is no disappointment in from a hairpin to a three-figure-bend: the soaks up the bumps, the transmission is smooth and admirably easy to (either by a sensitive accelerator or a hasty hand at the lever), and the is servo-assisted in a way that highlights the neutral responses of the vehicle.”

Revue, Switzerland, 15 May 1975, on the 450 SEL 6.9: “It is a real joy, the present climate, to witness the of a car that offers the connoisseur the in driving pleasure – and at any speed. The 6.9 is not only to the optimistic outlook of responsible for its design, but also to having the courage of their

The S-Class model series 126 in the

auto motor und sport, issue 22/1979, on the S-Class series 126:

“On driving you realise that at Daimler-Benz, is part of civic responsibility. Any noise – even with the – remains discreetly in the background. it is nothing short of remarkable to just how thoroughly the Mercedes have managed to eliminate noise.”

Road Track, February 1980, on the S-Class series 126: “Hurrying through the woods over a bumpy stretch of road, I was of how well a Mercedes rides and A live-axle car could be made to do the but not without scrambling your The W 126 does a marvelous job at both and stops quickly too.”

Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany, 24 May on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE: “The 300 SE holds its like a ship on a fixed Any unevenness in the road surface is with ease by the springs and No other car achieves such a of comfort out of steel and rubber. The steering wheel allows you to with caution as well as joyful abandon. It does you want. The running gear unusually high reserves of

The S-Class 140 series in the press

motor und sport, Germany, 7/1991, on the Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL:

dimensions such as these, is little to be said about the the sense of space is almost even more so in the rear in the front, since the opulent in the rear gives the impression of in a mobile living room. […] It not be wrong here to describe as the world’s finest car – any less be to do Mercedes an injustice.”

auto und sport, Germany, issue on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE: “The size and of the new S-Class has become almost a issue. But in truth, on driving, factors are less noticeable one might expect. On the contrary, it is how light and easy this automobile is to drive even narrow and winding country

Road Track, USA, 1991, on the Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL:

“At a cruise, the 500 SEL has the honor of being the car we have ever tested – a 64 dBA. Helping in the serenity is double-pane side glass, dehumidified air sealed between the It’s said to prevent as well as absorb noise, and no, assures us, it isn’t bulletproof, a some ask when they see its

mot, Germany, issue on the Mercedes-Benz 400 SEL: “With the new Mercedes once again its claim to have invented the and to have built the world’s car. When applied to the 400 one is forced to admit the claim is

The S-Class 220 series in the press

Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany, 13 1998, on the S-Class model 220:

“The saloons a thoroughly imposing presence, being lighter and slightly in dimension, and they display an and manoeuvrability we have never seen in this class of At the same time, there is a of wheel location and responsiveness of that one would otherwise only associate with compromises to ride comfort. The air that comes as standard in all seems to turn the Mercedes into a flying carpet can recognise turbulence almost it occurs. Every S-Class have that once sign in the rear window: – boss driving!”

auto und sport, Germany, issue on the Mercedes-Benz S 320: “Airmatic and ADS are part of the package that the large saloon such and nimble handling characteristics unstable body movements. It is by precise speed-sensitive parameter which allows the two-tonne to be steered like a compact

Road Track, USA, 1999, on the Mercedes-Benz S 500:

“In the [until the S 600 arrives], the S 500 is quite a flagship: quick, quiet, and yet commendably nimble. Whereas the S‑Class miraculously shrank the it was driven, in a sense this new one is pre-shrunk; its excellent chassis evident at any speed, its comfort from that of the car it replaces.”

Germany, issue 4/2003, in a test between Mercedes-Benz S 600 and BMW 760 Li: hard to believe that an engine might meet its But the turbocharged Mercedes V12 puts the BMW in the shade. The sheer power of its 800 metres and 500 hp facilitates even driving performance at low engine without compromising its smooth characteristics. Two turbochargers produce enormous thrust that the automatic transmission seldom to change the gear ratio at very high speeds. V12 is nothing short of sensational.”

The model series 221 in the press

Austria, November 2005, on the S 500:

“A lightweight design, instead of three valves per and infinitely adjustable shifting team up [in the V8 engine] to produce 530 metres of maximum torque; it just under six seconds, by the precisely timed seven-speed transmission, for the speedometer needle to past the 130 km mark; 100 km is passed by in 5.4 – a 911 Carrera is only four of a second faster – but despite all everything is quiet, orderly and the air suspension masterfully smoothes out all the of edges of the road, shrugging off the forces either in total (Comfort mode) or with a extra feeling (Sports minus 20 millimetre spring

auto motor und sport, 3/2009, on the Mercedes-Benz S 600: [well-balanced handling characteristics] the casual manner in which an S 600 its 830 Newton metres of torque. A snarl accompanies the car into the lane, so quiet the driver can the sound of the wind and the ‘breathing’ of the multicontour seats: in the meantime, the car out of the blocks to reach 100 in 4.5 seconds and all of 15.1 seconds to reach the 200

Road Track, USA, 2009, on the Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid:

in the U.K. and Europe, diesels are our means of extracting the maximum from cars, but hybrids as this one are valid where isn’t available or liked. this is just the first of a of hybrids that we’ll see from the company that personal transport way back in the century.”

auto motor und Germany, issue 12/2011, on the S 250 CDI:

“The new S 250 CDI really is the world of luxury cars on its No other car is able to get you from A to B such a high degree of but with such low energy as this Mercedes. And the buyer have to make any of those concessions in the driving experience, the double supercharged four-cylinder provides more than power and the quietness of its operation is to perfect.”

Did you know.

The Mercedes-Benz is the star of the Classic Calendar Its title: ‘Tribute to Art and Craft: meets Mimmo Rotella’. unique images featuring S-Classes in a new production by Monty Available from October at www.mercedes-benz-classic.com/kalender .

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