The Myth of Mercedes-Benz

Success in motor racing has always been part of the Mercedes-Benz DNA. The same is true even of the birth of Mercedes brand name. At the end of the 19th-century Emil Jellinek, a businessman who sold Daimler vehicles to the European aristocracy and high society, created a racing team. The racing team was equipped with Daimler cars and were gifted with the name of his daughter: Mercedes.

In 1900, the first racing engines were delivered to Jellinek under the Daimler-Mercedes name. In 1901, Wilhelm Maybach constructed Daimler Mercedes for Jellinek’s team, which dominated the race week at Nice (Semaine de Nice). The attention and publicity generated by the prestige of this success led to Daimler using the Mercedes name for its cars. On 23 June 1902, Mercedes was officially trademarked and complemented with the star in 1910.

More than 60 years ago, the inventor of the motor car put everything that a sports car legend requires into the SL model: unique character, lots of charm, and incredible motorisation. It was originally engineered for high performance motor sports, but over the years it was domesticated for everyday roads suitable for general use.

The Mercedes Benz SL has its roots in motor sports. The abbreviation SL stands for sportlich leicht, which in German means sporty and light. In 1954, the 300 SL celebrated exceptional success on the asphalt and early on had earned a notable number of fans. It was called the “Gullwing” because its doors opened outwards and upwards. Even today this dream machine fetches high sums among admirers. Two SL successor generations can be driven at Nostalgic.

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Mercedes-Benz SL (R 107)

  • At the start of the 1970s, Mercedes Benz focused on improving the marriage of beauty and function. The motto was, comfortable driving combined with dynamism. 1971 saw the birth of the Mercedes Benz R 107 and introduced eight cylinders into the SL story for the first time. With its sporty yet elegant design, noticeable ribbed wide band taillights, exceptional comfort and its road handling performance, the R 107 quickly became the favourite among stars, aristocracies, VIPs and successful business people. As such, it became the most manufactured luxury roadster of all time. Despite the fact that the R 107 tipped the scales at a massive one and a half tons (mostly due to advanced safety features), the six cylinders give it speed and came with either a manual or automatic gear shift. From the last series production, the 300 SL applied its 188 horsepower engine to go from 0 to 100km per hour in just 9.4 seconds. Along with the Mercedes Benz trademark attention to comfort, lots of little details made life with this model a pleasure. This model was successfully manufactured for 18 years, during which 237,287 series R 107 models were sold. What better way to live the Mercedes-Benz myth than behind the wheel of an Mercedes-Benz SL (R 107) from Nostalgic. Experience Italian and French settings and drive on the dreamy roads of Provence and Tuscany.
  • Produktionszahlen (alle Varianten gesamt): 237.287 Stück
    Technische Daten
    Modellvarianten / Bauzeit:1971 bis 1989
    Motor:Sechs- und Achtzylinder, wassergekühlt
    Radstand:2.460 -2.820
    Länge / Breite / Höhe (mm):4.390-4.750 / 1.790 / 1.290-1.330
    Leergewicht:1.500-1.720 kg
    Tankinhalt:53 l
    Verbrauch: 10,2 l / 11,2 l / 11,4 l pro 100 km
    8 verschiedene Motorversionen wurden gebaut:
    Hubraum (cm3): von 2.746 bis max. 5.547
    Leistung (PS): von 177 bis max. 245
    Höchstgeschwindigkeit:bis 225 km/h

Mercedes-Benz SL (W 113) "Pagode"

  • How do you put cultivated power development and impressive elegance under one roof? Mercedes engineers and designers solved this problem in 1963. The Mercedes Benz SL W 113, successor to the legendary 190 SL and 300 SL, was born and was immediately christened the Pagoda by its many admirers. This vehicle effortlessly spanned the bridge between a comfortable touring sedan and a lively sports car and, even today, it is still the elegant dream convertible for anyone who values the Zeitgeist and the sheer elegance of the 1960s. As is customary with Mercedes Benz, the W 113 leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to comfort and a sense of well being—all that without scrimping on sportiness. All Pagoda SLs are fast sedans whether it’s the 230 series with its powerful 150 horsepower or the rare 250 series (manufactured for just one year) or the top 280SL model with 170 horsepower. The fact that the W 113 series was, in contrast to its predecessor the 190 SL, exclusively constructed with a six-cylinder petrol engine, only serves to underline its luxury class claim. In total 48,912 Mercedes Benz W 113s were manufactured between 1963 and 1971. What better way to live the Mercedes-Benz myth than behind the wheel of an Mercedes-Benz SL (W 113) Pagoda from Nostalgic. Experience Italian and French settings and drive on the dreamy roads of Provence and Tuscany.
  • Produktionszahlen gesamt: 48.912 Stück
    Technische Daten
    Modellvarianten / Bauzeit:1963 bis 1971
    Motor:Sechszylinder in Reihe, wassergekühlt
    Länge / Breite / Höhe (mm):4.282 / 1.760 / 1.305-1.320
    Leergewicht:830 kg (750D)/ 865 kg (101.03)
    Tankinhalt:53 l
    Verbrauch: 10,2 l / 11,2 l / 11,4 l pro 100 km
    Hubraum (cm3):2.306
    Leistung (kW / PS – bei min-1):110/150/5.500
    Höchstgeschwindigkeit:200 km/h
    Typ: 250
    Hubraum (cm3):2.496
    Leistung (kW / PS – bei min-1):110/ 150 / 5.500
    Hubraum (cm3):2.778
    Leistung (kW / PS – bei min-1):125/ 170 / 5.750
    Höchstgeschwindigkeit:200 km/h

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