By / 22 Oct 2014
Before Germany produced performance sedans, four doors were utilitarian, soulless appliances for transporting more than two people at a time; a disposable machine that announced, “I give up.” Sure, there were Detroit straight-line ponies good for a burnout but never designed to run at Nardo.
/ 20 Oct 2014
German manufacturers including BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz have churned out many of the most notable sporty four-doors, packed with the style and performance you’d expect from the more expensive sports car models of their line ups. By the late ‘80s, a myriad of German sports sedans had been produced and refined, yet some clearly outshined others...
It had hard leather seats, a godawful slab of wood on the dash, and few other amenities. Slightly wider fourteen-inch wheels and a 6.9 emblem on the trunk lid distinguished it from the garden-variety 450SEL. What you were paying for wasn’t flash, it was engineering. And the engineering started under the hood...
By / 1 Oct 2014
Commonality and exceptions are everywhere. Although the following vehicles may seem wildly different from one another they are alike in two respects: All of them were produced at least a quarter of a century ago wearing the badges of German manufacturers.
Owning a classic car that you can daily drive isn’t that tough. It’s more a question of willingness to sacrifice a bit of comfort, but reliable classics do exist. Most of the following are cheap and cheerful—they’re fun, but not too expensive with parts readily available. Without further delay, following are your top ten choices for best classic cars to drive every single day...
By / 19 Aug 2014
This boxy Benz looks as if it can traverse any terrain in the world, but it has only covered 34,500 miles. That's due to its 14-year residence in a private vehicle collection. It comes as no surprise that its current owner states, "The bodywork on this G-Wagen is in excellent condition..."
By / 14 Jul 2014
Although "the carpet does show some minor wear and there are a few cracks in the dash," those blemishes haven't dimmed this car's star power. It's been used in film and photo shoots for the past three years. "Upgraded Chrome Wheels," a fresh coat of silver paint, and fog lights help it shine brighter.
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An aluminum hood, deck lid and door skins saved precious pounds, but the construction of the Pagoda roof that gives the car its nickname is a marvel in itself. It is the work of Mr. Bela Barenyi, who headed Mercedes-Benz pre-development department. While beautiful, airy, and seemingly delicate, it is as solid as the body structure and designed to withstand a load of 1000 kg.
By / 20 Jun 2014
This drop-top, one of 2,178 Mercedes 220S Cabriolets built between 1956 and 1959, was driven from Atlanta to Amelia Island for its famous Concours earlier this year. The Mercedes-Benz Club of America declared this 130,050-mile specimen as having the "Best Exterior Paint."
By / 23 May 2014
The seller claims “tires are brand-new and still under warranty.” With no dents or dings to speak of (and having experienced no accidents over its lifetime), this Mercedes will show the Joneses that you have impeccable taste and are a person of substance.
/ 8 May 2014
Purchased new at Auto Stiegler in Encino, CA, this Papyrus White 230SL continued getting its regular service by the same dealer until November '69. After that it was serviced down the street (Ventura Boulevard) by an independent Mercedes garage until 1974 when the car had about 51,000 miles. Since then it has only been carefully driven another 24,000 miles.