In messages that have nothing to do with the shine of the grille of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, keep an eye on some old Mercs.
Especially the first three generations of the S-Class. Yes, Big Benzes from before the W116 were retrospectively dragged into the S family tree. However, the first officially designated S-Class came with the 1972 W116. And it’s a beauty like all classic Mercs are.
Mercedes recently brought the classic cars together with the new seventh generation S-Class, and suddenly the choice between 116, 126 and 140 has become the most pressing question of our time. At least today.
Here is the 1972 350 SE version of the car. What exactly means, what you think it means, and what exactly it should mean: a 3. 5 liter V8. If the nomenclature made sense, what?
Mercedes also brought out a 6 brilliantly. 9 liter V8 version of this W116, which at the time had the largest engine ever installed in a post-war Benz. We have two thank you.
This is a 5. 0-liter V8, here in a delicious shape with a long wheelbase (hence the « L »). This second generation, designed by Mr Bruno Sacco, featured more efficient V8s and better aerodynamic efficiency, which is all well and good. Most of all, they looked great.
Everyone welcomes the V12. The S-Class of the 140 series – the third generation – was the first production car from Mercedes with a V12. It was indeed the company’s most powerful passenger car (at the time) with the 6th. 0-liter 600 SE and 600 SEL shown here.
Strangely – and somewhat predictably in retrospect – an even larger V12 made a very exclusive appearance in a limited number of cars. A 7. 3-liter V12 tuned by AMG. Listen to the one TG bought here …
So which retro S-Class gets your nod? To help you make a choice, here’s another picture of them all – including two previous generation Big Benzes.
Watch the Stig gleefully power one of the toughest BMWs ever built. And then rate it
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