In a world that’s moving forwards at such incredible pace, it’s nice to take a look back every once in a while. Exciting though the future of cars may be, you just can’t beat the charm of some of those classics. Read on to discover the five classic Mercedes-Benz models we’d simply love to see reimagined for the modern day.
540K Spezial Roadster
Just take a look at it. Those flared wheel arches that rise and fall on the way towards the majestic rear end; with its spare tyre neatly mounted on. The bonnet that plunges forward towards the rounded headlamps. The visor-like screen wrapping you up in its refined cockpit. The 1936 540K Spezial Roadster is a car that would drive the motoring world into a frenzy were it to be revived. One of these sold for almost $12 million in 2012, so there’d definitely be a market. And even though you could throw some run-flat tyres on it, we wouldn’t mind keeping that mounted spare wheel as a feature.
On the subject of unbelievable prices, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 car became the most expensive set of wheels ever sold at auction in 2013. Driven to World Championship success by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio, it fetched an eye-watering near-$30 million. Although the original was produced to tear around high speed race tracks, we’re sure the current Mercedes design team would love to produce a roadworthy single-seater like this.
Unveiled all the way back in 1886, Karl Benz’s Patent-Motorwagen is the great-great-grandfather of the modern motor car. With electric and autonomous vehicles beginning to take over, why not bring back this vintage three-wheeler? Not everyone needs a big car to get around in, although we’d appreciate a bit of a roof to keep us dry. Picture it lower down with chunkier wheels and a fighter-jet-style cockpit. Lovely stuff.
1965 230 S Sedan
We absolutely adore the lines of this 60s sedan; with its flattened out sides and flared rear end that shoots straight towards the front headlamps. Then there’s the elongated bonnet, which guides your eyes towards that big front grille and chrome bumper. Mercedes’ W111 chassis was given the Coupé and Cabriolet treatment too, perfect if you like something a little sportier or the feel of the wind on your face. There was even a 3.5-litre V8 version brought out in 1969 for that extra burst of power.
Now, we know that the Mercedes SL lives on to this day, and with the SLS AMG version you get the gull-wing doors of your dreams. We also love the modern iteration’s rugged lines, sporty styling and aggressive stance. But there’s a little part of us that misses the soft, elegant curves of the original. Maybe one day, styling will come full circle and we’ll see a revival of the 1954 SL’s jaw-dropping looks.
[Images above courtesy of Wikipedia]