2015 MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS: COUPE DE THRILL!

Gone is the vanilla styling of the old CL; Mercedes’ swoopy new S-Class Coupe truly defines ‘gorgeous’, writes Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Maybe it’s the 47 Swarovski crystals in the headlamps. Or the glass roof that goes from clear to dark at the touch of a button? Or the total, utter jaw-dropping beauty of its lines? Trust me, Mercedes-Benz’ new S-Class Coupe is traffic-stopping stunning. This new Benz flagship-of-the-fleet has its world premiere at next month’s Geneva auto show - yes,...
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GRAND PRIX MERCEDES: RACE OF THE CENTURY WINNER!

Amelia Island Concours to host winner of the 1914 French GP. It’s the centerpiece of a special display presented by Mercedes-Benz and car owner George Wingard. A team of five Mercedes Grand Prix racers traveled to France for the Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France, less than one week after the assassination of the Archduke  Franz Ferdinand which led to then start of WW I. It was a time of political turmoil  and accelerating technological progress. At 8:00 a.m. on July 4...
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2014 MERCEDES-BENZ CLA45 AMG: BABY ROCKETSHIP!

Road Test Editor Howard Walker uncorks Mercedes’ new four-wheel-drive  four-banger super-sport sedan. Trust me, a cork exiting a New Year’s Eve bottle of bubbly doesn’t have anywhere near the ‘pop’ of a Mercedes CLA45 AMG exploding away from standstill. It’s truly a small package with a huge fizz! Holy crap, this thing is rapid. As in zero-to-60 mph sprinting in 4.2 seconds, according to Motor Trend’s stopwatch clickers. That’s quick. That’s clown-out-of-a-circus-canon quick! To put...
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MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING: ‘50s HOT ROD!

Reflecting on arguably the most advanced road car of its era and, almost sixty years later, still a competent road warrior and turning heads!  Between 1954 and 1957, Mercedes-Benz produced the 300SL Gullwing coupe, a future-tech tour de force that excelled in high-speed touring as well as sports car road racing. Showcasing a dry-sump-lubed inline Six with fuel injection, the Gullwing had a top speed just a tick over 160 mph. With its belly-panned tubular space-frame chassis, outstandi...
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MERCEDES-BENZ RACECARS: SILVER SALUTE!

Iconic Silver Arrow racers celebrate 25th anniversary of 1989 Le Mans win at 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. From their glory days in the 1930s, the all-conquering racers from Mercedes-Benz were known with affection, respect and, occasionally, fear, as the "Silver Arrows." The nickname has its roots in a clever solution to a weight restriction mandated by the Grand Prix rules book. During the 1930s, to save weight and meet the international regulation requiring GP cars to race...
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