138 years ago, Mercedes-Benz put the first car on the road, on the Ringstrasse, in Mannheim, German. Karl Benz designed the automobile and his wife, Bertha, financed the project. That was the moment they started setting standards. All through history, Mercedes-Benz invented and reinvented the automobile, they broke records and then surpassed them again.
Mercedes-Benz did not just go along with the history. They actually made it. This is what they like to say. And we might actually give them credit for it. A six roaring minutes video takes us behind the wheel of the most captivating racing machines, icons and legends from the past, present and future. Mercedes-Benz changed the history of the automobile every decade throughout the saga of the engines.
The short motion picture takes us on a ride through the Mercedes-Benz Past, Present and Future (yes, with capital letters), starting with the legendary 300SL Gullwing, that saw the light of day in the early 50s, when it won the amateurs race in Le Mans. The 300SL is still racing nowadays.
Second, we see the W196 Racing Car. You need to sit down to hear the price the 50s motorized icon reached at the auction. It was $29 650 095 in July 2013 – one of the most expensive cars ever auctioned. Would you pay that much for it if you could afford it? An enthusiastic collector did, to get the W196 Juan Manuel Fangio raced and won by.
Shall we go to the next one? We’re talking about the 300SEL 6.8 AMG, famously known as the “Red Pig”. The nickname might not sound scary, but it was a force of nature at that time, twice the size of the coupes and sports cars it defeated on the race track.
Let’s get a bit closer to the present. Last year, the SLS AMG GT3 called the “Black Swan” (the name of the team) came out on the circuit in 2013. It is based on the SLS AMG GT Black Series coupe.
Along the starred “Walk of Fame”, we meet the SL63 AMG, placed among the world’s fastest racers. Talking about this one means talking about leading edge of speeding and raw power, the video story teller says.
To quench the thirst for speed, Mercedes-Benz came up with a new idea. You might think that the 4MATIC 4-wheel drive is the safe road trip car. But, when it came to the E63 AMG S-model 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz had something else in mind. This car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3,5 seconds. Have we changed your mind now?
Next, the short documentary is presenting what some might call the “Grandpa” of the brand. Well, yes, this is one of the longest Mercedes-Benz productions ever, but nothing of its capabilities can make you think of an old man, once you are seated behind the wheel of the G-Class. Watch it run along steep rocky roads!
Speaking of which, Mercedes-Benz is surely anticipating a trip to the moon. This limited edition of the G63 AMG 6X6 is surely changing the laws of gravity.
From the 6X6, we’re going straight into the Mercedes-Benz 600, a car thought to be way ahead of its time. The world’s leaders’ favourite, the 600 is also called the Pullman.
Let’s divide the 600 into 2 and get to the Type 300 “Adenauer”. The personality of this car intimidated rivals on the road. To see the giant grille in the mirror is like seeing a dragon chasing after you.
You are then invited to teleport yourself into the future, to see the 2015 S-Class 550. Watch the video for an absolute virtual driving experience that sets standards of luxury, elegance and quality. Or maybe you’d rather try something a bit more sporty. Then pick the S-Class Coupe. The video adjusts “The best or nothing” slogan of Mercedes-Benz into “The most beautiful or nothing”, when it comes to this model.
And we should stay in the future for a while, just to take a glance at the Mercedes-Benz CLA, the climax of decades of learning about technology, exactly 138 years after the first car that ever set foot (or should we say “wheels”) on the ground, the Benz-Patent-Motorwagen. Be witness of Mercedes-Benz history in the following video!