The development of the Mercedes S class over the years.

SDNR

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Mercedes 220—220 SE Ponton W180/128 (1954—1959)
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Mercedes 220 SE — 300 SE W111/112 (1959—1965)
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Mercedes 250 S — 300 SEL 6.3 W108/109 (1965—1971)
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Mercedes 280 S — 450 SEL 6.9 W116 (1971—1980)
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Mercedes 280 S — 560 SEL W126 (1979—1991)
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Mercedes S 280 — S 600 W140 (1991—1998)
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Mercedes S 320 CDI — S 600 W220 (1998—2005)
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Mercedes S 320 CDI — S 600 W221 (2005—Present)
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Yaz

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Nice thread Robert
Which one is your favorite? I know it's not the W221 ;) Mine has to be the W140, I simply love it.

BTW, where's the interior shot of the W140's interior?
 

GTA45E

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Excellent pictures Roberto!

My all time favorite S-Class would have to be the W126!
The W126 S-Class revolutionized the way modern day S-Class cars are designed. This S started it all. From it`s body colored bumpers to the air-bag
and other key innovative elements. This is the great great, great father of the modern day S. :t-roses:
 

Mr. M

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Woah, thanks so much Rob, we're truly indebted. :usa7uh:

My dad owned the W126, W140 and W220. Fantastic cars, all of them.
 

SDNR

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Thanks Yaz ...I have included that missing picture :usa7uh:

Like GTA7.5, my favourite is also the W126. It is the S class I was most familiar with while growing up in the 1980's ...and it still looks great after all these years ...even if it is looking quite old now ....funny how things change so much, once I thought the W126 was timeless but it is now a classic Benz.

Yaz I do also like the W140, it is a very important looking car -- large and imposing.
 

Yaz

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Mirage77 said:
My dad owned the W126, W140 and W220. Fantastic cars, all of them.

James, I know you weren't really impressed with the W221, but will your dad continue the tradition and get a W221?
 

MoSs

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nice post roberto .

I love them all but my favorite is the W126 SEL . my uncle owned one for 15 years , and then he sold it in 2003/4 after he decided to buy a w220...

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Merc1

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Roberto said:
Thanks Yaz ...I have included that missing picture :usa7uh:

Like GTA7.5, my favourite is also the W126. It is the S class I was most familiar with while growing up in the 1980's ...and it still looks great after all these years ...even if it is looking quite old now ....funny how things change so much, once I thought the W126 was timeless but it is now a classic Benz.

Yaz I do also like the W140, it is a very important looking car -- large and imposing.

We grew up during the same era and the W126 was a Benz staple during those years. It and the W124 were just so much a part of that time it can't be forgotten. I think I've come to like the W140 more and more in the last 5-6 years. I think either the W126 or the W220 would be my favorites, the W221 is still too new. The W140 is just so much car.

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SDNR

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I have recently become quite fond of the W111/W112 from 1959-1965 known as the Heckflosse (Fintail) models -- which were obviously taking [rather late] inspiration from American cars of the 1950's.

Below is a 220SE (W111). The 300SE/300SEL (W112 - I'm not sure why it has it's own W number) looked much the same but had a few more chrome details to distinguish it as the top model.
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Interestingly, the W100 (introduced in 1963) apparently took sales from the 300SEL and so that model (300SEL) only lasted a few years .....I don't think the current LWB S600 is at any risk of being dropped because of the Maybach 57 though :)
 

SDNR

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Zonda said:
Wow, this really puts into perspective how good looking the new S is compared to the older:icondrool
Hmmm ...I don't necessarily think the latest S class is the best looking ...you have to look at the cars in the context of their era. Personally I don't find the W180 very attractive at all ...but I guess if I had lived in the 1950's, I would appreciate the design in it's right context.
 

Mr. M

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Yaz AMG said:
James, I know you weren't really impressed with the W221, but will your dad continue the tradition and get a W221?

It's hard to say, but he's growing to love the W221, and so am I. :D

Hopefully let's see how it pans out. No matter what however we'll still keep the Phaeton.
 

Centurion

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Wow. can't beleive I have missed this thread. Nice job rob

Although my favorite is non but the w140 I will have to say that the Mercedes 280 S — 560 SEL is the best looking one.
 

donau

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Luwalira said:
Wow. can't beleive I have missed this thread. Nice job rob.....
Same here, my capability to focus has become scary....

Inside the W180/128 I notice a little button just to the left of the clutch. Probably the start button since my grandfather's 170Va had one around that spot. The W180 was a fancier car of course, even the shift stick was on the steering wheel instead of coming off the floor. And the doors opened the way they do in modern cars instead of having suicide doors, and the turn signals were electronic instead of the flip-up little orange arms.

Interesting to notice the upright speedometer in the W111 - it must have been popular during those years since that's how it was also in my father's 1960 Auto Union 1000S (the "Donau"). It makes sense since during that time Daimler-Benz owned Auto Union.
 

Pagani

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I dont know about other aspects, but as far as design, nothing matches the feeling that got into me the first moment I saw my first 220 S Class, circa summer 1999. It was a black one with the sports package. I remember being amazed at how a limo can look spacious and luxurious to the limit while at once appearing muscular, well wound up, and sporty. I simply had seen nothing like it before--there had NOT been anything like it before.

So, for me, it would have to be the 220 as the one that stunned me the most. Having experienced the 221 makes me realize how much more an S Class can be, but for its time--and for all its foibles-- the 220 S was paramount.
 

SDNR

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Imhotep Evil said:
where's the 300 S ?!

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The 300S was equal to the CL600.

The 220 and 220SE "Ponton" models were equivalent to the S class's of today (except for the S600)
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The 300 was a separate model altogether and was the equivalent of the S600 today -- it was also available as a cabriolet.
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The 220 looked similar to the 300S, but it was less prestigious.
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In 1955 the 220 was replaced by the "Ponton" 220/220S/220SE Coupé and Cabriolet
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The 220 "Ponton" sedan was replaced in 1959 by the "Heckflosse" ( W110/111) but the "Ponton" 220 Coupé and Cabriolet continued in production.
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...it was finally replaced in 1961 by the W111/112 Coupé and Cabriolet.
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I'll just add that I'm not an expert on these matters ...I'm also learning about this complicated model history.
 

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