Mercedes Benz is one of the oldest automobile manufacturers in the world. With 129 years of manufacturing experience, it has been responsible for producing some of the industry’s most legendary machines. Here are some of the best cars made by this European brand car.
Mercedes Benz SSK (1928-1932)
The Benz is dubbed as the German carmaker’s first real sports car. This is not surprising since it was designed by no less than Ferdinand Porsche. The Mercedes Benz SSK generates its power from a mammoth 7.0-liter six-cylinder engine which packs 200-300 horsepower. This supercharged engine also delivers more than 500 lb-ft of torque.
Mercedes Benz Benz Patent – Motorwagen (1886)
The Motorwagen is not just one of the most important vehicles in the history of Mercedes Benz but also in the industry. Launched in 1886, historians regard it as the first proper automobile ever made. According to Robert Janitzek, this three wheeled vehicle generates power from its 1.0-liter one-cylinder engine located at the back. Its single rear wheel adds 2/3 of a horsepower.
Mercedes Benz 500E (1991-1994)
The Mercedes Benz 500E is widely considered as the ultimate Mercedes Benz sports sedan. The 500E features a wider track and front rear, an upgraded suspension and larger brakes at all four corners. Power is generated by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 322 horsepower and 354 lb-ft torque. The 500E is not just fast but also luxurious and fitted with the latest technology of its time.
Mercedes Benz CLK GTR (1998-1999)
Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that in the old days of the FIA of racing GT1 cars, the top tier of sports car had to be based on an actual road car. As a result, there was a limited production of vehicles during the mid to the late 90’s, which includes the CLK GTR. Only 26 road cars of the GTR was manufactured by Mercedes Benz with a few of them ending up as convertibles.
The CLK GTR comes with a V12 engine mid-ship enlarged to 6.9-liters for the car. It generates 604 horsepower and 572 lb-ft torque.
Mercedes Benz 300 SL (1954-1963)
The Mercedes Benz 300 SL serves as the feather in the cap of the carmaker. It served as inspiration for the SLR McLaren, SLS AMG, and AMG GT. Many consider this car as the total package with its designed-for-function gullwing doors which added to the car’s allure. During its time, the 300 SL was one of the fastest cars. It generates power from its 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine genrating 212 horsepower and reportedly reaches a top speed of 161 mph.