Mercedes-Benz. The name is amongst the most iconic of any car manufacturer, for a good reason; they've been making cars for over 130 years and in that time Mercedes-Benz has built many cars that manifest all the soul and passion you could ever want. Sure, they've sold cars with zero character or any real appeal to the true petrolhead, but push those aside. All manufacturers make models like those for the masses - and you quickly realize just how many incredibly distinctive and magnificent cars Mercedes have produced since their beginning. In this article, I've endeavored to dig out the very best of the best videos showing these magnificent machines off to the fullest. Enjoy.
1. Sir Stirling Moss and his Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR 722
Amongst fans of racing, the numbers 722 instantly correspond to Stirling Moss and Mercedes-Benz, who completed the infamous Mille-Miglia road race in 1995. It took Sir Stirling 10 hours, 7 minutes, and 48 seconds to complete the hazardous 992-mile road course and at a barely-believable 98.53 mph. The 722 was the time he started the race in the morning. That same car still exists, and Mercedes maintain it so well that it can still be driven properly and quickly. Enjoy this superb piece of filming with Sir Stirling and the incredible sound of the 300 SLR.
2. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
It's hard to believe that it's already been 13 years since the SLR McLaren was first seen on roads, and yet this amazing car still looks fresh today. With a 5.5 liter supercharged V8 producing 616 horsepower and 580 lb-ft of torque, a 0 - 60 mph time of 3.4 seconds, a top speed of over 210 mph, and in-gear acceleration so fast it could just about warp time, the SLR McLaren is still one of the meanest supercars on the roads today. Jay Leno takes us on a tour of his personal car and describes what it is like to live with and drive in-depth.
3. 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 (Grosser Mercedes)
As most people like to joke about, the 600 was (unfortunately) well known as a favorite amongst third-world dictators such as Nicolae Ceausescu, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, and Saddam Hussein. On the flip side of that, though, they've also been owned by notable names, including Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, Rowan Atkinson, and Jack Nicholson, to mention but a few. When it was launched in 1963, the 6.3 liter V8 was the world's most expensive car, costing more than even a Rolls-Royce. Perhaps part of the reason behind that was that almost every part of the car bespoke but a complex hydraulic system powers the majority of moving parts! In another video by Jay Leno, we're taken on an interesting tour of the 600, and he shows us what it's like to drive one.
5. 2016 Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach
Okay, perhaps not the car most would include a list of Merc's cars. However, the Maybach is somewhat unique in the fact that they offer a car that'll outpace the majority of cars on the road while giving its rear-seat passengers the kind of luxury you'd normally see in the closed-off first-class section of an international flight. The S600 Maybach is so luxurious and spacious that even offerings from Rolls-Royce and Bentley can barely compete with the sheer amount of tech and gadgetry inside this limousine-like car. Be great for a long road trip eh!
6. Mercedes-Benz 280
If you want a car with about as much character as possible, then the seventies-era Mercedes 280 has to be on your list. There are very few affordable classic cars that can compare with the Merc 280 for such magnificent poise, and today these are sought-after cars for a good reason. In another beautiful Petrolicious film, one owner of a Mercedes 280 talks about why he wanted one, what went into restoring the car and why he loves it so much.
7. Sir Stirling Moss & Lord March drive the Mercedes-Benz W196 at Goodwood
Back in the 1950s, Mercedes made some of the most spectacular-looking racing cars, which are so stunning that they're like pieces of art. Thankfully, Mercedes don't pack their cars in cotton wool and sit them in a museum permanently, but instead, use them properly. In this video, Sir Stirling Moss and Lord March (he of Goodwood car festival fame), drive two versions of the W196 racer. Turn the volume up for this one, guys!
8. Sauber Mercedes-Benz C11 racer - onboard at Spa-FrancorchampsFor those among you who love racing, Mercedes has had a rich history in motorsports, and the 5.0 liter V8 twin-turbo 1990 Sauber Mercedes C11 sticks firmly in mind, being both beautiful in body and sound. This onboard lap of the C11 at Spa-Francorchamps is a short but sweet video, and you'll want to listen to this through either some good speakers or headphones and let that heady mix of spooling turbos, tuned V8, and various other glorious mechanics all working in harmony bring absolute pleasure to your ears.
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