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Top 10 Mercedes-Benz of all-time

Mercedes-Benz's slogan is "The best or nothing.” Well here's a list of the best of the best..

By Jason Okolisan Wheels.ca

Sep 24, 2015 5 min. read

Article was updated 7 years ago

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Mercedes-Benz's slogan is "The best or nothing.” As the longest established global automaker, Mercedes-Benz is one of the most recognized and best-selling automotive brands in the world. After working at other companies, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz (who never met personally) simultaneously developed the world's first automobiles in Mannheim (Benz) and Stuttgart (Daimler) in the year 1886. Since then, the company has revolutionized the automotive industry. Mercedes-Benz epitomizes the reputation of German built quality and luxury automobiles.

Mercedes-Benz Canada Director of Communications and Public Relations, JoAnne Caza said “We are currently the number one luxury automotive brand in Canada with sales ahead 21.2% from last year at the end of August. Needless to say, we are very proud of all the models we sell. The new C-Class, the outgoing GLK (its replacement, the GLC will be here in a few weeks) have been at the top of our best sellers in the last few years. We’re also excited to be launching this year the new Metris, an urban commercial van as well as the third generation smart fortwo.”

With hundreds of different models built in the past 129 years, it’s difficult to narrow down a top 10. Mercedes-Benz currently has a vehicle in just about every segment. They are even planning to produce a pick-up truck in the near future. My choices are subjective based on my personal taste and taking into consideration sales figures, performance and styling. Let us know what is on your top 10 Mercedes-Benz list:

1. 1954-1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gull-wing Coupe

The 300 SL was introduced in 1954 as the first iteration of the SL-Class (Sport Light), it was the fastest production car in its time. The distinctive gull-wing doors and beautiful design make it a timeless classic and coveted collectors car. It was the world's first production fuel-injected model supplying a 3.0L overhead cam straight-6 to produce 215 hp and a top speed of 260 km/h. Very impressive stats in the 1950s. Mercedes' popular SL sport coupe is still in production with various sub-models.

1954-1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gull-wing Coupe

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2. 1994-present C-Class

C-Class are the best selling Mercedes-Benz models in the Canadian market with sales expected to exceed 100,000 units in 2015. Available as a sedan, coupe and wagon plus four engine displacements, the C-Class has a wide range of offerings and trim options to suit any luxury intender. The highly engineered 7-speed 4MATIC all-wheel drive and Agility Control sport suspension ensures dynamic handling and a smooth ride making the C-Class a world-class winner.

1994-present C-Class

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3. 1963-1981 S600

Mercedes’ full-size ultra luxury sedan in the 1960s was the S600, available in short and long wheelbase (Pullman). The S600 has been featured in numerous films including the James Bond series and has been the prize possession of celebrities and dignitaries alike. The S600 was the ultimate Mercedes-Benz of its era and that legacy has been carried forward to today's S-Class and Maybach models.

1663-1981 S600

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4. 2010-2015 SLS AMG

The spiritual successor of the iconic 1950s 300 SL, the SLS AMG was also a limited production supercar with signature gull-wing doors. SLS stand for Sport Light Super and indeed the aluminum chassis and body shell is hand built in Germany with the finest quality materials. The result is a modern day supercar boasting 571 hp from it's naturally aspired 6.2L V8. Numerous celebrities have owned this car including car buffs like Jay Leno and Jeremy Clarkson.

010-2015 SLS AMG

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5. 2003-2010 SLR McLaren

The SLR McLaren is an exotic sports car jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive, it was built in England. SLR stands for Sport Light Racing, paying homage to the 1955 300 SLR which served as inspiration. The 5.4L supercharged V8 power plant generates 650 hp to catapult this silver bullet from 0-60 in a flash 3.3 seconds. There were several limited edition variants including a roadster. The SLR McLaren was replace with the SLS AMG.

2003-2010 SLR McLaren

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6. 1990-1994 500 E

The 500 E is a high performance luxury sedan hand-built in Germany by Porsche and Mercedes. Dubbed a "Wolf In Sheep's Clothing" by the press, the 5.0L V8 engine delivers impressive performance with 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h. Combine that with a low wide stance and superior track handling, limited production and cool factor, the 500E is a modern day classic.

1990-1994 500 E

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7. 2010-present E 63 AMG

An AMG hand-built 550-hp 5.5L Bi-Turbo V8 rockets the mighty E 63 from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds while harnessed to an all-new AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The E 63 AMG S is the top model E-Class. The exterior exudes performance, presence and beauty while the interior exemplifies world-class luxury with meticulous attention to detail.

2010-present E 63 AMG

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8. 1979-present G-Glass

This four-wheel drive luxury SUV is built in Austria and sold by Mercedes-Benz. It was first developed as a military vehicle and later offered as a civilian version in 1979. The G-Wagen has evolved over the years but its boxy shape has remained a constant. This cross-country vehicle stands out on the road with its flashy colour offerings and abundance of bling. Rappers and movie stars have taken a liking to this big bad boy.

1979-present G-Glass

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9. 2010-2015 GLK

The GLK is Mercedes' best selling mid-size SUV. Well-appointed with luxury, performance and safety features, the GLK exudes prestige and style. There are many competitors in the mid-size luxury segment however the GLK stands out with its perfect blend of pedigree and panache. For 2016, the GLK will be replace by the all-new GLC, renamed according to the brands revised nomenclature.

2010-2015 GLK

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 10. 2014 - present CLA 45 AMG

Mercedes has stiff competition in the entry-level luxury segment however they are leading the pack with the CLA 250 and the high performance CLA 45 AMG. Striking from every angle, the CLA has received praise from automotive journalists and sales figures support the accolades. The 45 AMG's potent 2.0 litre four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine churns out 355 hp and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. Other features include 4MATIC all-wheel drive 7-speed transmission with paddle shifters and an aggressive sport appearance package.


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