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The 15 Best Mercedes of All Time
JUSTIN OWEN
Benz Patent-Motorwagen
Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is hailed as the first working automobile, was powered by a single-cylinder engine of an original design by Carl Benz with a total power output of about ⅔ horsepower. Carl's wife Bertha made its first test drive, covering the 66-mile journey from Heidelberg to Wiesloch, without Carl's knowledge.
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Mercedes-Benz 500E
500E used the existing W124 chassis from the 300E model, as well as the 5.0 liter V8 engine and suspension from the 500SL. Mercedes looked to Porsche for the development of this car, and Porsche engineers widened the body to fit the beefier suspension parts, upgraded the brakes, and reworked the engine to produce a healthy 322 horsepower.
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
As the second car to be developed by AMG, the SLS is a more refined road car than the CLK GTR that preceded it, with the 6.2-liter V8 pushing 563 horsepower front to back. The gullwing doors of the SLS, the original cost of which was north of $200,000 when new, are there for one purpose: they glide upward to make the driver cool.
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Mercedes-Benz 190E
Introduced by chief designer Bruno Sacco, Mercedes-Benz 190E adopted a boxy appearance with straight lines and hard edges, which was well received by the buying public. The construction of the car, often called the "Baby Benz," utilized high-strength steel and a frame structure meant to minimize the impact of a collision and further protect the passengers.
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Mercedes-Benz 600 Großer
In the mid-1960s, Mercedes created this stretched limousine, and prominent owners included Elvis Presley, Chairman Mao, and Saddam Hussein. The car is built to handle all sorts of terrains — featuring a hydraulic power trunk lid, power seats, sunroof, and doors — and is propelled by the first Mercedes production V8, producing 250 horsepower from its 6.3-liter displacement.
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