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Category: Mercedes-Benz

There is a reason why Mercedes-Benz has two names and they both go way back to the beginning of the industry. The first car ever made was the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, developed in 1886 by Karl Benz. Just a few months after that, completely unrelated Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach made their first car with an internal combustion engine. The Benz’s and Daimler’s companies joined forces in 1926 and the people that made the first two cars in the world created what we now know by the name Mercedes-Benz.

They went on to create numerous cars that are considered classics even today. The 1930s and 1940s saw several plush cruisers with massive engines, elaborate designs and innovative technological solutions. 1954 saw one of the most recognizable and revered cars in the world – the 300 SL Gullwing. The plush classic with unorthodox door arrangement was as capable as it was stylish and expensive, being the fastest car in the world for a while.

The 1960s were the time when the 600 was introduced, being the most advanced car for many years later. It featured things like air suspension, self-closing doors and an incredible hydraulic system that controlled windows, doors, seats, sun-roof, boot lid and more. Some of its amenities are still very rare, or non-existing, even in the top-class cars today.

The 1970s gave the world the S-Class cars that still signify the best of the best in the industry, being the bloodline that introduced the largest number of patents in the automotive world. Regardless of the car you drive, there is a strong chance that there is something in it that was first used on an S-Class.

To cut the long story a bit shorter, these are only the most notable cars of the decades, with many more accompanying them and providing loads of other stories worth telling. Even the compact, relatively cheap and most definitely not the best car of the decade that the 1980s’ 190 was broke loads of international endurance records at Nardo in 1983, being driven for 201 hours at constant speed of 154 mph (248 km/h) for 50,000 kilometers.

Mercedes has been moving in the same direction since day one. Their cars have always been the best example of class, style, development and performance and their slogan “The Best or Nothing” seems completely befitting.