The Techno Classica brings to Essen the cars that will always be stars. Mercedes-Benz Classic and the newly established vehicle trading platform “ALL TIME STARS” will honor the 28th edition of the classic car show, between the 6th and the 10th of of April.
The newly established “ALL TIME STARS” vehicle-trading platform operated by Mercedes-Benz Museum will take center stage at Techno Classica, offering Mercedes-Benz classic cars, both modern classics and vintage vehicles. The vehicles on offer are classified into three categories:
- “Concours Edition”: modern classics and vintage vehicles in rare original condition with
low mileage as well as vehicles restored by the experts at Mercedes-Benz Classic.
- “Collectors Edition” comprises vintage vehicles and modern classics that are in excellent
condition both technically and visually.
- “Drivers Edition” is aimed at individuals looking for vintage vehicles and modern
classics suitable for everyday driving, but still offering potential for further restoration work.
Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicles at Techno Classica 2016
Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster (model series W 29, 1934-1936)
In the early 1930s, the Mercedes-Benz cars were dominating the international luxury market of those times. The company brought out the eight-cylinder supercharged “Model 500 with Kompressor”, in 1934. Just 29 units of the exclusive Special Roadster were built.
Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet B (W 29, 1934-1936)
The 500 K – with the K standing for “Kompressor” (supercharger) – was an exquisite mix of refinement with what was, by the standards of those days, sensational performance. It could handle crawling traffic with ease and yet, when required, reveal a temperament that simply left the contemporaries of the 500 K in its wake. Slightly more pressure on the accelerator resulted in a 60 percent boost in output.
Mercedes-Benz 170 S Cabriolet B (W 136, 1949-1951)
In May 1949, the Mercedes-Benz passenger-car range, which had since the start of post-war production featured just one model, the 170 V, was augmented by two new models: the 170 D diesel variant and the 170 S, which was more spacious, prestigious and comfortable than the basic model.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing sports car (W 194, 1952)
300 SL was the designation of the competition racing car from Mercedes-Benz with which the brand returned to international motor racing in 1952 for the first time after the Second World War. The 300 SL took the first four places at the Nürburgring Great Jubilee Prize in the weight-reduced roadster version, while the Carrera Panamericana, a gruelling endurance race covering more than 3100 kilometres across Mexico, saw the car finish with a double victory.
Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster (W 188, 1956-1958)
The 300 S made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 1951, playing the part of the the new flagship model of the passenger-car range. It went straight to top end of the international market for the first time after the Second World War, was available in coupé, cabriolet and roadster versions from summer 1952. With just 53 units built, the 300 S Roadster with injection engine is one of the rarest passenger cars from the post-war years.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W 198, 1957-1963)
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 300 SL Roadster as the successor to the 300 SL Gullwing Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1957. At a technical level, the open-top sports car was very like the Coupé, although the modified space frame allowed the installation of conventionally attached doors. The fabric soft top was convenient to operate in just a few simple steps and disappeared underneath a separate flap behind the seats. From 1958 onwards, the roadster was also available with a detachable coupé roof.
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet (W 111, 1969-1971)
The Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet was the flagship model of the W 111 cabriolets made between 1961 and 1971. The coupé and cabriolet versions likewise featured the same safety body with front and rear crumple zones that had been introduced as a world first in the saloon models. Mercedes-Benz in September 1969 unveiled the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet as the new top-of-the-line model. Just 1232 units were built in two years.
Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.6 Cabriolet, prototype (W 201, 1990)
Following the facelift of the Mercedes-Benz W 201 series, which was unveiled in 1988, the brand turned its attention to a cabriolet. The car ultimately failed to make it into series production, but the concept vehicle was one of the forebears of the current E-Class Cabriolet.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205, since 2016)
The new C-Class Cabriolet had its premiere at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in February 2016. It is the first standard-production cabriolet in the history of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Optional extras include the automatic AIRCAP draught-stop and AIRSCARF neck-level heating, which extend the open-air season to 365 days a year.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet (A 217, since 2016)
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new S-Class Cabriolet back in the autumn of 2015. It is Mercedes-Benz’s first open-top luxury four-seater since 1971, when production of the W 111 series luxury cabriolets was discontinued. Cutting-edge technology of the current S-Class with an extensive heat and wind protection concept as well as intelligent climate control for cabriolets are the features it proudly bears.
Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster (R 231, since 2016)
The technically and visually revised SL (R 231) was premiered at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2015. The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, DYNAMIC SELECT with five transmission modes and Active Body Control with curve tilting function elevate the roadster’s ride comfort and sportiness to new levels.