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1999 Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar

The Mercedes CLR is a car that thinks its an airplane, and it proved it on three different occasions. Mercedes is certainly no stranger to motorsports. The German brand has been at it for the better part of the last 100 years. The company was involved in Grand Prix as early as 1923, with their teardrop-shaped Benz Tropfenwagen and then there was LeMans incident from 1955 where a 300 SLR crash-landed into the stands. Mercedes dominated the FIA GT1 class in the 1990s, but that was followed by some interesting developments with their Mercedes CLR, which apparently acted more like an airplane rather than a car. As a result, it managed to flip, and not just once.
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2009 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Might Hit an Affordable 6.2-Liter V8 Sweet Spot

The Mercedes GLE-Class, formerly the M-Class, has always been a hit among Benz buyers because it combines SUV practicality with the usual premium touch of a proper Merc. And, sometimes, the performance factor also comes in the mix, as long as there’s an Affalterbach-based influence. Currently, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE...
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Get your tickets for The Best of 225 Experience before they sell out

We’re a few weeks away from unveiling this year’s Best of 225 Awards winners at The Best of 225 Experience. At the brand-new foodie experience, we’ll reveal our July issue and tastings from eight local restaurants. It’s all happening June 29, 5:30-8 p.m., at the River Center Branch Library Downtown. Guests will get to appreciate sweeping downtown views from the fourth floor and rooftop terrace while enjoying live entertainment, cocktails and lots of food.
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Mercedes-Benz SL: Six Decades of History Poured Into Miniature Classic Models

The Mercedes-Benz SL legacy began in 1954 with the 300 SL, which introduced the famous "Gullwing" doors and kickstarted the SL line. Since then, the company has continued to roll out sports cars that combine elegance and speed in a single package. The 300 SL's success reintroduced the Stuttgart-based carmaker...
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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster: The Descendant Of A Legend

Following Mercedes-Benz’s successful year at Le Mans in 1952, the automaker made history with a legendary model, the 300 SL Gullwing. Although the move seemed like a no-brainer in retrospect, opportunities such as these are not always so clear at the time. Often what is needed is a push from someone with a unique insight. For Mercedes-Benz in the 1950s, that person was the brand's sole U.S. Importer Max Hoffman. He guaranteed an order of at least 1,000 Gullwings and over the course of three years a total of 1,400 were made.
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Limited Edition Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Should Be A Stunner

Back in April, Mercedes-Benz revealed the facelifted CLS for the 2022 model year. At the same time, we received confirmation that the more potent AMG CLS 53 won't be available in the US for the 2022 model year (and possibly beyond), leaving only the less powerful CLS 450. Coinciding with the announcement of the facelifted CLS-Class lineup in Europe - where the AMG CLS 53 continues to be available - Mercedes-AMG has also announced a new Limited Edition variant that will join the range. Only 300 of these derivatives will be available with a range of appealing exterior and interior styling upgrades.
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1970 Mercedes-Benz W111 Restomod Hides Modern AMG Power Plant, Costs a Fortune

A few years ago, I was on the Gumball 3000 rally, going from Dublin to Bucharest. As I was observing the vehicles that were part of the race in the paddock area, a classic Mercedes-Benz got my attention as soon as the owner fired up the engine. After a closer inspection, there was an AMG power plant inside, and I was instantly hooked.

Daimler Looking to Sell 25 Mercedes-Benz Showrooms in Europe for $1.2 Billion

To raise more money for other ventures, particularly in its electrification projects, Daimler AG will put 25 Mercedes-Benz showrooms in Europe on sale. The move is expected to generate a total of €1 billion ($1.2 billion). According to Automotive News Europe, citing the German publication Handelsblatt as its source, the...
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1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Estate Aims to Mesmerize With Practical Sportiness

Back in the 1990s, Mercedes-Benz crossed an important compact executive milestone as it revealed the first C-Class generation (W202). It was thoroughly developed to make sure it would successfully replace the ubiquitous 190 series (W201) of the previous decade. More so, the advent of the C-Class also brought the first proper BMW M3 foe into this world, in the guise of the C36 AMG.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cabriolet Rumored to be in the Works

Mercedes-Benz is now hiring new engineers. Sources say that they will be working on a new foldable roof for its vehicles. The exciting part about this is that the job opening is located at the Graz factory of the company in Austria, which happens to be where the G-Class SUV is being assembled by Magna Steyr. This led to speculations that the three-pointed star marque is probably reviving the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cabriolet.
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1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 SEc Cabriolet: From True Driver’s Car To Highly Collectable

In the 1960s, there were few cars that could be compared to the Mercedes-Benz Convertibles. The build quality of the Mercedes-Benz 250 SEc in particular was exceptionally good. Each car was hand-built with care and attention to detail. With an independent suspension and fuel injection, dependability and drivability were unmatched for the era and, when well cared for, these wonderful cars can still be described as a true driver’s car today. However, with such a rich history, the true enthusiast would have trouble finding a better model for a collection centerpiece.
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2007 Mercedes-Benz R 63 AMG Might Help Reach Practice Early, Every Single Time

Let’s face it, minivans—those family haulers that had to cope with all kinds of soccer mom jokes—are now a dying breed. Some companies are trying to reinvent them for the new age (Hyundai’s Staria is a cool attempt, for example), but it could be too little and too late. On the other hand, with this particular MPV, one might finally get rid of the bad habit of not arriving on time... everywhere.

Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV Spied on the Road

After teasing us with spy shots for already a year, the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV recently made another appearance on the road. Normally, Mercedes prototypes gradually shed their camouflage as they approach their launching, but this one is still completely wrapped in it. That means its official unveiling is still a long way ahead.
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Wayne Newton’s 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Custom Roadster Is Going to Auction

Wayne Newton’s Casa De Shenandoah is a sprawling estate that spans more than fifty acres and includes everything from a collection of Mr. Las Vegas costumes and trinkets, Arabian horses, a jet and a small yet incredibly well-curated collection of the phenom’s cars. One of those cars, the 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Custom Roadster you see here, could be yours later this month. Even after just one glance, you already know this is unlike any other 80s Benz convertible. That’s because–outside of a bone stock interior and engine (3.8-liter V8 for the record)–it was almost completely rebuilt by renowned Long Island-based coachbuilder and artisan Niko Soko to have a more swooping profile reminiscent of Virgil Exner’s Chrysler designs of the late 50s. The rework also included moving the spare tire to the deck lid to accommodate storage of the hardtop, plating all the trim gold, and adding gorgeous 16″ BBS wheels. Oh yeah, and it has only 2,000 miles on the odometer. Wayne Newton’s 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Custom Roadster will be auctioned off during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas 2021 auction taking place June 17th – June 19th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

New stars in Hamburg: double handover of Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G buses to Hamburger Hochbahn AG and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH)

This is where it’s at! Where musical fans usually start getting in the mood for their event with a view of Hamburg’s skyline, passers-by were today able to discover state-of-the-art vehicle technology and passenger comfort of urban buses on-board two innovative articulated buses. Mercedes-Benz simultaneously handed over two fully electric eCitaro G urban buses to Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HOCHBAHN) and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH).
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300,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose administered at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

ATLANTA (CBS46) – The 300,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose was administered at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium mass vaccination site Monday, Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts said. The milestone was reached on the last day of operation for the site. “Thanks to our efforts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 300,000 vaccines have been given...
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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Is a Cone Magnet in the Dreaded Moose Test

Having launched in its home land and other markets last fall, subsequent to its unveiling at the beginning of September, the new generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class has now had its construction tested out in the dreaded evasive maneuver known as the moose test. In this challenge, vehicles have to avoid an...