The German companies that eventually became Daimler A.G., as Mercedes-Benz has been known since 2007, date to the late 19th century. Carl Benz founded Benz & Cie. in October, 1883. His company’s open-air Benz Patent Motorwagen from 1886 is considered the first automobile, despite having only three wheels. In 1894, Benz released the Velo, which was the world's first mass-produced car.

Gottlieb Daimler founded Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) in November, 1890. The first car to bear the Mercedes brand was produced in 1901—the vehicle took its name from the 10-year-old daughter of an early salesman for Daimler, an Austrian businessman named Emil Jellinek. This first Mercedes, designed by Daimler’s Wilhelm Maybach, had a 35 horsepower, 5193cc, four-cylinder engine.

Prior to and during World War I, both firms focused on manufacturing aircraft engines and trucks for the German war effort. After the war, stung by inexpensive Ford imports, Daimler attempted to diversify its product line by make bicycles and typewriters. But the Treaty of Versailles played havoc on the German economy, and by 1926, the two auto companies had merged as Daimler-Benz. Touring convertibles, sports cars, boxy sedans, and trucks filled out the list of models from the late 1920s until the mid-1930s. By the end of the decade, the company was back in the military-truck and aircraft-engine business. During World War II itself, Daimler-Benz relied on forced labor to fill roughly half its workforce.

The 1950s saw the reintroduction of the Mercedes-Benz brand into international automotive markets, as well as the dawn of a new look for the car company’s products. Up first was the 300SL (for “sport" and "leicht" in German, or “sporty" and "light” in English), which was released in 1954 as a Gullwing. The car’s name referred to the way in which the doors resembled bird wings when fully opened (they were hinged on the car’s roof). The visual effect was impressive, but from a practical standpoint, the Gullwing left a lot to be desired. The body leaked, the frame was difficult to repair if damaged (dealers hated it), and if the car rolled in an accident and landed on its roof, the doors were next to impossible to open. After 1,400 Gullwings, the 300SL was redesigned in 1957 as a roadster convertible, 1,858 of which were produced until 1963.

During the 1960s, Mercedes mostly devoted itself to its 200-series SLs. The 230s had a removable steel roof, known as a Pagoda, and proved popular with customers—almost 20,000 of the 230 models were sold between 1963 and 1967. The 250SL was a transitional model (just over 5,000 units were shipped), while the 280L was the best of the bunch, with enough power (170bhp vs. 150) to give the vehicle a sports-car feel, even with an automatic transmission. Just under 24,000 280SLs were purchased, making it the best-selling Mercedes of the decade.

Although Mercedes-Benz also produced convertibles and coupes in the 1960s, one of its most famous cars was a luxury sedan, which is known as a saloon in England, called the 600. Owned by everyone from John Lennon to Fidel Castro, the 600 had a big, 300bhp V-8 engine, which it needed to move the 5,000-pound vehicle (6-door models with 8 seats, known as Pullmans, weighed almost another half ton, but even those beasts could do zero to 60 in just 10 seconds and cruise at 120mph). From 1963 to 1981, a mere 2,190 600s were built, while only 487 Pullman versions were manufactured during the same period.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Hemmings Auto Blogs

Hemmings Auto Blogs

This great (and frequently updated) blog from the folks at Hemmings Motor News is a visual feast of old and new pho… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Mercedes-benz : Other Pickup Truck 1955 Mercedes Benz 170 Sv-d PickupMercedes-benz : 200-series 280s 1971 Mercedes Benz 280 S W108 Solid - Rust Free! No Reserve!Mercedes-benz : 200-series D 1975 Mercedes-benz 240d - Looking For A Classic?Mercedes-benz : 300-series Sel 1969 Mercedes-benz 300 Sel 6.3Mercedes-benz : Sl-class Convertible 1966 Mercedes-benz 230slMercedes-benz : 200-series Coupe 2 Door 1970 Mercedes-benz 280 Se Low Grill Coupe 6 CylinderMercedes-benz : Sl-class 2d 1966 Mercedes Benz 250sl No Reserve Spot Welds And Weep Lines Excellent SurvivorMercedes-benz : Sl-class 2-doors Convertible 1963 Mercedes-benz 190 Sl Frame Up RestoredMercedes-benz : 200-series Sedan 1972 Mercedes Benz 280 Sel 4.5 Liter Engine- Rare And Very Nice Steal This CarMercedes-benz : 400-series California California Original, 1978 450 Sel, 97k Original Miles, Showroom ConditionMercedes-benz : 190-series 1956 Mercedes 190sl One Owner. 83k Original Miles. Stunning. Investment CarMercedes-benz : Sl-class 280 280 Sl Roadster Classic - Specialist Restored - 1971 Mercedes-benz ConvertibleMercedes-benz : Sl-class Sl 1972 Mercedes Benz 450 Sl ConvertibleMercedes-benz : Sl-class Sl 1972 Mercedes 350sl - One Owner - No Reserve SaleMercedes-benz : Sl-class 190sl 1961 Mercedes Benz 190sl Red White Weber Carbs Excellent Driver Condition 190slMercedes-benz : Sl-class 230sl 1966 Mercedes 230sl Pagoda Chassis & Many Parts - Great Restoration Project!5 X Vintage Scalextric Slot Cars,2 X Mercedes 190sl,1 X Aston Martin Db4,1 X BoxMercedes-benz : 190-series Sl 1956 Mercedes Benz 190sl 300sl Seativory/red Orig Spot Welds Books Jack #s MatchMercedes-benz : Sl-class 1965 Mercedes 230slMercedes-benz : S-class 2 Door 1966 Mercedes-benzMercedes-benz : Sl-class 1971 Mercedes 280sl Pagoda ConvertibleMercedes-benz : 200-series 280 Sel 1973 Mercedes-benz 280 Sel, Dark BlueMercedes-benz : Sl-class 450slc 1976 Mercedes-benz 450slc ~ Owned By One Family Since NewMercedes-benz : 200-series 220d 1972 Mercedes Benz 220d Diesel 4 Speed Manual Classic Mbz W115 300d 300sd 240dMercedes-benz : Sl-class Sl 1972 350sl ConvertibleMercedes-benz : Sl-class 1969 280sl 1969 Mercedes Benz 280slMercedes-benz : 200-series Sel 1973 Mercedes Benz 280sel 4.5lMercedes-benz : 200-series Roadster 1966 Mercedes-benz 230sl Roadster HardtopMercedes-benz : 200-series Euro Spec 1969 Mercedes-benz 250ce 5-speed Manual With Only 64000 MilesWsi Mercedes Tractor And 4 Axle Nooteboom Lowboy Trailer 1/50 Mercedes-benz : 200-series 280se 1970 Mercedes Benz 280se CoupeMercedes-benz : 200-series 250s 1966 Mercedes-benz 250s Base 2.5l1950's Sanshin Tin Toy Battery-op Mercedes Benz 300 Jungle Mystery Car 9" Japan Mercedes-benz : Sl-class 280sl 1970 Mercedes Benz 280sl Pagoda Garage KeptTekno Denmark 852 Vintage Mercedes Benz Minibus Expo Bruxelles Very Rare NmintVintage Cox Mercedes Tether CarMinichamps 1:18 Mercedes-benz L6600 Canvas Truck 1950Vintage! Matchbox Superfast 46a-1 Rare! Mercedes Benz 300 Se Coupe Nm!!Very Rare Cmc Mercedes-benz 300 Sl 1952 Carrera Panamericana, Scale 1:24, M-017Mercedes-benz : Sl-class 450 Sl 1977 Mercedes Benz 450 Sl Great Orignal Two Owner Car With 36500 MilesMercedes-benz : Sl-class 450 Sl 1972 Mercedes 450 Sl Original California Roast Free Car 82k Original MilesDistler 1950's Mercedes Benz Tin Windup Auto Western Germany Tekno Denmark No 853 Vintage Mercedes Benz Trailer Expo Bruxelles Very Rare VgMercedes-benz : Sl-class Sl 450 1975 Mercedes Sl 450 Super Clean!Extremely Rare Minichamps 1991 Mercedes-benz 600 Sel (w140) 1:43 NlaLego Technic Mercedes-benz Unimog U 400 (8110)Mercedes Benz 3 Axle Truck With 5 Axle Extending Lowboy Scholpp Color Conrad1/18 Cmc Mercedes-benz 1954 Renntransporter BluePrameta Us. Zone Germany Red Mercedes With Original BoxVery Rare Minichamps 1979 Mercedes-benz 450 Slc 5.0 (r107) 'bandama Rally' 1:43 Lot Of 6 Aurora Thunder Jet Vintage Ho Slot Cars Gt Corvette Mercedes Mustang?Very Rare Minichamps 1989 Mercedes-benz 190 E 2.5 16v Evo 2 (w201) 1:43 NlaScalextric Vodafone Mclaren Lewis Hamilton Mint Boxed1/43 Frontiart Red Mercedes Benz C63 Amg 2013 Closed Resin Model 200 Limited Nr** Rio Italy Adolf Hitlers Mercedes 1942 Diecast Model Car Superb BoxedVintage Jean Lefebvre Bitumine Tanker Mercedes Lorry Camion Lastwagen 1/50 New Minichamps 1984 Mercedes-benz 190 E (w201) 1:43 NlaJapan Tin Friction Kks 1950's Mercedes Benz Coupe Battery Op Bandai YonezowaSchuco Studio 1050, 1936 Mercedes Gp, Unused In Worn BoxRare Minichamps 1970 Mercedes-benz 280 Se 3.5 Coupe (w111) 1:43 Nla