Mercedes-Benz Classic in 2018: Star-studded start to the season

Mercedes-Benz Classic at Techno Classica 2017.
Essen Techno Classica and Retro Classics
Mercedes Classic kicks of 2018

Mercedes Classic has kicked off the classic motor show season with exceptional displays of their vast heritage at both the fabulous Essen Techno Classica and Stuttgart’s Retro Classics. Essen debuted Stuttgart’s ‘Record-breakers and Champions’ display celebrating motor racing milestones in the Grand Prix realm. It’s been 80 years since Rudolf Caracciola captured his 3rd Grand Prix championship aboard MB’s complex and ear-shattering 475 HP 3 liter V12 W154. Essen will feature this all conquering Silver Arrow.

Großer Preis von Tripolis, 15. Mai 1938. Rudolf Caracciola und Monteure bei den Startvorbereitungen am Mercedes-Benz Formel-Rennwagen W 154. Tripoli Grand Prix, 15 May 1938. Rudolf Caracciola and mechanics preparing for the start of the Mercedes-Benz W 154 formula racing car.

Tripoli Grand Prix, 15 May 1938. Rudolf Caracciola and mechanics preparing for the start of the Mercedes-Benz W 154 formula racing car.

Kimi and Lewis score double championships

1998 was another epic year in F1 for Mercedes with the introverted but blindingly quick Kimi Raikonen sweeping both the driver’s and manufacturer’s champoinship aboard a McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13. Ten years on and Lewis Hamilton secured his second F1 world championship and Mercedes commemorates his victory by displaying Hamilton’s MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W05 Hybrid of 2014, the car that carried him to his second championship.

Mika Häkkinen im Großen Preis von Italien 1998 mit McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13. Mika Häkkinen in the 1998 Italian Grand Prix with his McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13.

Mika Häkkinen in the 1998 Italian Grand Prix with his McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13.

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Einbringung des MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W05 Hybrid, Meisterschaftsfahrzeug 2014 der Formel 1, in die Steilkurve des Mythosraums 7, „Silberpfeile – Rennen und Rekorde“, November 2015. Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, installation of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W05 Hybrid, the 2014 Formula 1 championship car, on the banked curve in Legend room 7, “Silver Arrows – Races & Records”, November 2015.

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, installation of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W05 Hybrid, the 2014 Formula 1 championship car.

Celebrating the G-Wagon

What better way to celebrate the newest edition of the ancient but enduring G-wagon than by looking back at the quirky series via some early models. Three 460 series represent the early cars and are accompanited were by a model from the 463 series, one from the 461 series of the 1990s and the new G-Class which debuted in 2018.

Vielfalt: Beim Serienstart des Mercedes-Benz G-Modells (Baureihe 460) im Jahr 1979 stehen vier Motorvarianten mit zwei Radständen und fünf unterschiedlichen Aufbauvarianten zur Auswahl. Variety: When series production of the Mercedes-Benz G-Model (460 series) commenced in 1979, there was a choice of four engine variants with two wheelbases and five different body variants.

Variety: When series production of the Mercedes-Benz G-Model (460 series) commenced in 1979, there was a choice of four engine variants with two wheelbases and five different body variants.

All Time Stars

Mercedes Classic Center Stuttgart displayed an array of their ‘trading arm’ classics currently for sale at the Classic Center. In an effort to allow a wider range of inventory quality, the CC has cleverly devised three categories of quality:

Concours Edition: Either lavishly restored or has an extremely low mileage: vehicles in absolute top condition with the appearance of a near-new former employee car or new car. A classic of this kind enriches every collection and is a highlight for special occasions.

Collectors Edition: An exceptionally good original condition or has been restored some time ago. These young classics or vintage cars captivate with their perfect care condition and technical features that have been subjected to little stress. This makes a vehicle in the Collectors Edition not only a collector’s item, but also a fantastic companion for every trip.

Drivers Edition: In above-average overall condition. These vehicles have a relatively low mileage, so that the bodywork and paintwork are as neat as the vehicle’s technical features. The sum of its characteristics makes this car a reliable companion on all occasions.

So Mercedes Classic has a number of (European only) models for variety tastes and price points. To see their current offerings click HERE. For those of us in the US, MB Classic’s 2018 event schedule can be opened HERE. Their pavilions are gorgeous and staff always willing to answer questions.

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