A History of Mercedes-Benz Classic Cars

Posted on 3rd December 2020

For almost a century, Mercedes Benz has been introducing luxurious vehicles to the world. Several of these classic cars have become icons of their age. They transport the driver back to an earlier time when such vehicles were more than just a means of transportation. Whether it be the vintage look, the sound of the engine, or their legendary reputation, Mercedes Benz classic cars have become iconic. So, what makes each vehicle distinctly attractive to buyers of classic vehicles? Let us look at the history of Mercedes Benz classic cars through three of their acclaimed models.

Mercedes Benz Classic Car

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé (W 111)

This model was manufactured between 1961 and 1971. With its sleek design and distinctive tail fin saloon, this Mercedes Benz classic model is considered one of the top of the W 111 Coupé range. One of the most distinctive features of the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé is its 3.5-litre V8 engine; the most powerful V8 engine developed during this time period. Its eight-cylinder engine succeeded in quieter running without sacrificing its overall power and performance. Only 3270 iterations of this Mercedes Benz classic vehicle were produced. Therefore, this makes it one of the most prized cars of its time.


Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet (W 111)

While technically similar to its cousins in the W 111 Coupé range with its powerful 3.5-liter V8 engine, the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet introduced design features that made it distinctive. First introduced in 1961, the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet convertible abandoned the steel roof in favour of reinforcing elements within its body. Another exclusive feature of this classic car is its flat radiator design. It has a lower and wider grille compared to other models. Just 1232 of these models were produced. Therefore, this makes it one of the most sought-after collectables in the Mercedes Benz classic range.


Mercedes-Benz SL 320 (R 129)

First introduced in 1989, the R 129 introduced innovative new features like the automatically deployed roll-over bar, integral seating, and the Adaptive Damping System (ADS). The R 129 features an air-permeable grille that reduces wind noise and minimises draughts. This resulted in a more comfortable driving experience. With its performance-enhanced six-cylinder engine, the SL 320 was one of the top of its class until its final production in 2001. This Mercedes Benz classic vehicle also features air conditioning and electronically adjustable seats. In addition, it consists of leather/wood interior and a hardtop panoramic glass roof.


About Derrick Wells

If any of these Mercedes Benz classic cars appeal to you, then visit Derrick Wells to experience driving one for yourself. With over 30 years of experience, Derrick Wells is one of the few independent specialists dealing in Mercedes Benz cars in the UK. From our showroom and workshop in Suffolk, we provide a range of services. This incudes restoration and repairs, as well as offering a selection of Mercedes Benz vehicles for sale, both old and new. We pride ourselves on our friendly and helpful customer service and welcome any enquiries you may have. Contact us online, by phone, or drop into our Needham Market office for a chat. For the leading independent Mercedes Benz classic cars specialists in the UK, contact Derrick Wells today.