Top Classic Mercedes-Benz Cars of All Time in Boca Raton, Florida
Karl Benz, founder of what would eventually become Mercedes-Benz, is often credited as having created the very automobile in 1886. After a history spanning more than 130 years filled with iconic cars, making a list of top classic Mercedes-Benz models of all time is a little like making a list of the best Lionel Messi goals in soccer: no matter how many you include, you’re probably going to miss a few bangers.
Nonetheless, out of the hundreds of legendaryMercedes-Benzcars we’ve seen over the years, some stand out a little more than the others. If you’re a collector, these are the cars you’d love to have in your garage — and if there’s one that’s captured your attention above all the others, Show Cars of Boca Raton in Florida can track it down for you and get it.
1954-1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Arguably the most iconic car of all time, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was a two-seater sports coupe with gullwing doors that would turn heads wherever it went. It marked the company’s first use of the “SL” designation, which stands for “super light.” Based on a successful racing car, it was the fastest production car in the world at launch with a top speed of 163 mph. Today, the 300 SL is well worth over $1 million and its legacy still lives on in the brand’s modern products.
2003-2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Jointly developed with McLaren, the Mercedes-Benz SLR was built as an homage to the 300 SLR, a World Sportscar Championship racing car that competed 1955. Eventually, the new model became even more famous than the one that inspired it. It was sold as a coupe and a limited edition roadster. With a supercharged, 640-horsepower V8 under the hood, the SLR McLaren delivers blistering performance even by today’s standards.
1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman
The Mercedes-Benz 600 series was a line of high-end luxury cars that defined the 1960s and 70s. Out of all of them, the long-wheelbase Pullman limousine has made the biggest impact on the automotive world with its ultra-luxe interior amenities and workhorse engine. A darling among heads of state and other dignitaries, the 600 Pullman was also favored by celebrities including Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Hugh Hefner, and John Lennon.
1991-1998 Mercedes-Benz S-Class W140
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most respected luxury car marques today and part of that has to do with the W140 generation that launched in 1991. Fully hand built and over-engineered in just about every way, it cost Mercedes-Benz over $1 billion to design and develop the W140. Despite being several decades old, it’s still more comfortable than many cars today and finding one in good condition is not overly difficult, such was the car’s standard of quality.
2010-2014 Mercedes SLS AMG
Though it’s the most modern car on this list, the Mercedes SLS AMG is undoubtedly one of the most legendary cars in the company’s history. It directly succeeded the SLR McLaren and spiritually succeeded the 300 SL, as evidenced by its own gullwing doors. The car was the German answer to the Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Gallardo, and it was an answer that had the love of auto enthusiasts all around the world.
1998-1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
The CLK GTR is probably the rarest production Mercedes-Benz car anyone can obtain. Only 26 were made to meet homologation rules for the GT1 class in the 1997 and 1998 FIA GT Championship. It won 17 out of 22 races along with both of those championships. The road-legal version shared many components with its racing counterpart, including a 6.9-liter V12 and carbon fiber body. Among collectors with a love of motorsports, the CLK GTR is one of the most prestigious cars you can own.
When you want the best or nothing for your collection, turn to Mercedes-Benz. If you’re interested in any of the cars on this list — or in other classic cars from Mercedes-Benz or other brands — give Show Cars of Boca Raton in Florida a call. We can track the car down and get it for you, and we ship nationwide!