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The Best of the Best: Mercedes-Benz and the Standards of Luxury

In the car kingdom, the three pointed star of the Mercedes-Benz is undisputedly one of the highest ranking and most sought after symbols when it comes to luxury and style. The brand Mercedes-Benz isn’t just an empty status symbol, it provides owners with the ultimate driving experience that proves all cars are not created equal. So it is even within the world of the Mercedes-Benz, that though they are all equipped with the essentials of luxury vehicles, there are some that are just a cut above the rest. Here are the models that will have you hitting the breaks and spinning right around for a second look.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K

Mercedes-Benz and the Standards of Luxury

Lets go back in time and meet the supercar of the day. The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K, first released at the Paris Motor Show, was tailored specifically to each individual customer and only produced on special order in a range of bodies. Its 5.4 liter inline-8 cylinder could produces speeds up to 170kph leaving the rest of the competition in dust. As always, the power came with style and the car was known for its prominent hood, sleek sweeping fenders and recessed grill, and was one of the true beauties. Occasionally you’ll still find one of these beauties up for sale, being snatched up for more than $10 million at auctions, proving they truly embody the timeless value of the brand.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

Two decades later those with a need for speed looked to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, known as the “Gullwing” and issued between 1954 and 1957. It was the fastest car on the road, with speeds reaching 259kph and powered by an in-line six-cylinder engine that could produce 158 kW with petrol direct injection. The name ‘gullwing’ came from the design of the doors that opened in like the wings of the bird, though it was later offered in a roadster version. Clark Gable owned one of the most recognizable 1955 models. Today it is considered one of the most collectible cars in the world.


For the most popular Mercedes-Benz S-Class to this day we turn to the W126 which was produced between 1979 and 1992. Over the years its various models have reached a combined sales of 800,000 units. The car focused on the needs of the buyer, with power and comfort as well as innovation. You could buy this vehicle as a sedan or a coupé with a long and short wheel base. It used a hydropneumatic suspension and aimed for fuel efficiency.

2010 E63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz had continued to produced cars with innovation and style and in 2010 they created a close to perfect “all-purpose” sedan. Another supercar, this vehicle comes fully equipped with a 6.2 liter, 517-horsepower engine, three different suspensions, four different transmission settings in the pitch perfect size. You could consider it the new benchmark in performance, dynamism, and efficiency and you can have it for a relatively reasonable price given its luxury car status.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz doesn’t let the past define the future, but its the standards haven’t changed and you can see the traditions continuing in the newest releases. If you’re trying to picture your dream car you might just want to search the internet for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class of 2014 because its packed with everything you could want. Some of the features include two reverse gear ratios, stereo-speaker mood lights, seat colors, hot stone massage seats, and magic vision wipers. All of these goodies and more are wrapped in an opulent exterior that gives this Mercedes-Benz the right to call it one of the most advanced production cars in the world.

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