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The granddaddy of the automobile, no other car maker has stood the test of time as well as Mercedes. Mercedes-Benz was the amalgamation of the founders of the motor car, Karl Benz and Gotleib Daimler in 1926 where the emphasis was always on quality and exacting engineering – a philosophy that the company still adheres to. Apart from its road vehicles (and commercials) Mercedes was also hugely…

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Mercedes ‘New Generation’ Saloons

Mercedes ‘New Generation’ Saloons

RATING:

8 / 10

PRICE: £600-£6000

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1967-76
  • Bodywork:
    Four-door saloon Engine
  • Engine:
    200 Overhead camshaft four-cylinder 1988cc 95bhp; 200D Overhead camshaft four-cylinder 1988cc 55bhp; 220 Overhead camshaft four cylinder 2197cc 105bhp; 220D Overhead camshaft four-cylinder 2197cc diesel 60bhp; 250 Overhead camshaft six-cylinder 2496cc 130bhp; 280 Overhead camshaft six-cylinder 2778cc 140bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    220 16 sec; 250 12.5+ sec, 280 11.5+ sec
  • Top Speed:
    80-110mph
  • MPG:
    17-25 mpg

PAST: Cleaner swinging 60s replacement for much loved Fintails but with crisper styling and upgraded mechanics such as trailing arm rear suspensions, all round discs and a lot of S-Class DNA. Base 200 never officially sold over here but they turn up. Five-speed manual ‘box available but as rare as they are desirable. Range survived until 1976 before being replaced by similar theme W123 range.

PRESENT: Taxi! Well, they were hugely popular as them thanks to their sturdiness and space. A highly pleasant all rounder that’s dead reliable although car lacks the character of the older Fintail.

FUTURE: Difficult one this – prices have hardly moved since we last covered this manufacturer over five years ago so value is better than ever. However restos are usually uneconomic as a result.

Mercedes ‘New Generation’ Coupes

Mercedes ‘New Generation’ Coupes

RATING:

8 / 10

PRICE: £2000-£9000

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1969-76
  • Bodywork:
    Two-door coupe
  • Engine:
    250 Overhead camshaft six-cylinder 2496cc 157bhp (twin carburettor); 280 Overhead camshaft six-cylinder 2746cc 185bhp (fuel-injected)
  • 0-60 mph:
    250 (twin carburettor) 13.5+ sec; 280 (fuel-injected) 9 sec
  • Top Speed:
    250 (twin carburettor) 115 mph; 280 (fuel-injected) 125 mph
  • MPG:
    15-20+ mpg

PAST: Sleek coupe, with attractive ‘pillarless’ styling that’s practical and comparatively scarce, yet still affordable for a classic Mercedes. Increasingly appreciated for its design and a good one is bound to appreciate further down the years. Solid if not exciting performers even in fuel injected form that surfaced in 1968. Range lasted for a decade and has since aged well.

PRESENT: As we said, hardly an exciting driver’s car but no worse than many other cars of that era plus it’s a Mercedes that will cruise over the ton all day in top security and comfort. Soft riding so handling is fairly ponderous but these were never GTs.

FUTURE: If you want a two-door instead of the four-door saloon then fine but the latter are better value and more versatile. That said prices of the CEs are steadily moving away from saloons so the market is there.