The foundation of Mercedes-Benz
Both of the founding fathers of Mercedes-Benz can be credited with moulding the car manufacturing industry into what it is today. Karl Benz constructed the first ever motorised tricycle in 1886, celebrated as being the first automobile, and Gottlieb Daimler established his reputation by creating a horseless carriage and later inventing the high-speed petrol engine. The iconic three-pointed star has become known as the symbol of Mercedes-Benz. These three points represent the domination of the brand on land, air and sea, indicating that the company strives to be the best in all facets of motorisation. The star is also sometimes surrounded by a laurel wreath.
Mercedes-Benz striving for more
Since its foundation, Mercedes-Benz has never ceased to continually push boundaries in the car manufacturing world, creating many models that have become instant classics. Being at the forefront for setting trends in safety and performance, Mercedes-Benz epitomises what it means to love being behind the wheel of a car. With the slogan, ‘the love of inventing never dies’, at the heart of the brand ethos, Mercedes-Benz never stops reinventing traditional car stereotypes and strives to build on its already incredible achievements. Some of its groundbreaking accolades include the creation of the first ever fully independent suspension system, in 1931, allowing each wheel to react individually and in 1978, it produced the first car with a steering wheel which did not lock during heavy braking. The Mercedes-Benz SL-class turned out to be a huge innovational success. The abbreviation SL is German and stands for ‘Sportlich-Leicht' (English: Sport Lightweight) and since its launch in 1957 until 2009, more than 650,000 of these sports cars sold worldwide. In 2018, Mercedes-Benz became the largest selling premium car brand in the world by selling 2.3 million motorcars that year.
The Mercedes-Benz variety
Nowadays, the brand is known for not only producing luxury cars, but also worldwide for its buses, trucks and coaches. It remains one of the most recognised and celebrated car brands in the world, with many of its models now considered as classics in the industry. A lot of unique cars were manufactured as part of the Mercedes-Benz 230 series from 1937 onwards, meaning they are now one of the oldest generations of Mercedes classic cars along with the Mercedes-Benz 380 and the Mercedes-Benz 450 models.
Mercedes-Benz on the big screen
Clearly the desirability of Mercedes-Benz cars has led to their use in many big blockbuster movies over the years. One of the most iconic moments can be seen in ‘Transformers Dark of the Moon’ where the SLS AMG model transformed into the transformer ‘Soundwave of the Decepticons’, driven by the supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Other films where you can spot the recognisable three pronged star include ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Hangover’. The latter features a classic 1965 Mercedes 220SE, driven by Bradley Cooper. The Mercedes-Benz 280 SE convertible also made a big entrance in the movie 'Bridget Jones’s Diary' with Hugh Grant behind the wheel. For those more interested in action movies, in 'Die Hard: With A Vengeance', you can see a Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL.
Mercedes-Benz on Catawiki
No matter if you are looking for a Mercedes-Benz 230, a Mercedes-Benz 280, a Mercedes-Benz 380, a Mercedes-Benz 450, a Mercedes-Benz 560 or a Mercedes-Benz SL, the chances that you will find them on Catawiki are very high. We offer a broad spectrum of vintage cars in our weekly classic car auctions, many of them being from the Mercedes series. You cannot only buy a truly unique car on our platform but also sell your beloved Mercedes online with our help. With the expertise of our in-house experts, you can be sure to sell your classic car securely.