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Could this be the classic world’s biggest bargain? One of these world-beating, exclusive GTs can be yours from just £3000, but avoiding costly gremlins is vital. Words RICHARD DREDGE Photography JOHN COLLEY Buying Guide Bargain of the century? Buy a Mercedes-Benz CL C215 for as little as £4000 The bigger they are the further they fall – and few cars have fallen quite so far and become quite so much of a bargain as the C215 Mercedes-Benz CL.
With warpaint inspired by the legendary Green Hell, this Mercedes-AMG GT R is a serious track monster. WORDS DAN BEVIS IMAGES JASON DODD HellbeastIt may seem like an obvious thing to say, but the Mercedes-AMG GT is a special car.
Rakish looks and invigorating V6 performance make the four-seat C350 Coupe of 2011 to 2015 a highly desirable daily driver – so here’s everything you need to know about this sexy two-door... WORDS DAVID SUTHERLAND IMAGES ERIC RICHARDSON Natural appeal Buyer’s Guide 204-series C350 CoupeAfter offering a disparate, even confused range of medium-sized coupes during the 2000s, Mercedes-Benz finally cut through the murk in 2011 and launched a two-door based on the 204-series C-Class Saloon.
Introduced to Mercedes-Benz and the first generation SLK at a young age, it was only natural for William Duke to purchase his own roadster two decades later The R170 still looks striking today — a mixture of neat detailing and clean sides.
One of the most original W100 600s we’ve ever seen recently found a new home in Poland. We catch up with the car’s proud owner as he nears the end of his restoration mission. WORDS & IMAGES ROBB PRITCHARD Worth its weight in gold Catching up with the owner of a W100 600 as he nears the end of his restoration project The mighty 600, an absolute behemoth of a vehicle, was in it’s time the most luxurious and expensive car in the world.
A very warm welcome to the first of CAR’s three special 60th anniversary issues. Yep, the world’s best (and most modest) car magazine pre-dates the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon (1969), Porsche’s first overall Le Mans win (1970) and the arrival into this world of one Elon Reeve Musk (1971).
The first plug-in hybrid C-Class offers almost 20 miles of range in electric mode and, with its hybrid powertrain in full flow, rapid performance.
Mercedes-Benz’s original four-door coupe of 2004 was a big hit with buyers, bringing additional style and handling panache to the saloon car formula.
Looking at these pictures you could be forgiven for thinking that this G-Wagen is something of a stealth machine, with its gunmetal paint, sharp edges and slab-sided panels. But the briefest of encounters with this unfeasibly cool 4x4 would soon make it clear that if there’s one thing that it cannot do, it’s stealth, on account of its ear-splitting soundtrack. If only there was some way for us to bring you moving pictures complete with sound.
It has often been said that in the event of nuclear war, the only things that will survive are cockroaches and Mercedes-Benz W123s. Hopefully this theory will never be put to the test, but one thing is certain: few companies have been as consistent as Mercedes-Benz when it comes to developing thoroughly engineered cars. But W123s aren’t as bomb-proof as you might think.
The M119 V8-powered SLs from the 129-series are among the greatest modern classic buys for those on a reasonable budget, combining robust quality with effortless performance and high-end cabin appointments. Words David Sutherland. Images Eric Richardson.
Over the years there have been countless extremely appealing fast Mercedes models that have been unleashed upon the world from both Stuttgart and Affalterbach. While not all of would have been attainable to many of us, deprecation has done its job and you can now pick up some seriously rapid German machinery for not a lot of money at all.
Our second £5k pick is the R170 SLK320. There will always be some debate about whether the 230 is the one to go for, with its smaller, lighter engine, impressive torque, potentially better fuel economy and smaller running costs, but while a supercharged four-pot is fine, a lusty V6 is just so much more desirable, let’s be honest. The idea of a large engine in a small car is always one that will put a smile on the face of any motoring enthusiast.
Doubling our virtual budget puts a lot more exciting machinery within our grasp and so the first thing we’re naturally going to jump on is a V8 – because why wouldn’t you? – and we’ve opted for the C209 CLK55. We’re not going to beat about the bush because the reason we’re here right now is the M113 under the bonnet, here in its pure NA form, and in the CLK55 it makes an impressive 367hp and a hefty 376lb ft of torque.
It’s time to throw caution to the wind and live a little and while a C215 CL600 will never, ever be even remotely sensible in any way, at this price point you’ll be able to find one that isn’t a complete basket case and we have, of course, opted for the full fat biturbo version. C215 CL600 / ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE MERCEDES BUYING GUIDE WHY YOU WANT ONEWe’re going to be honest, you have to be very, very brave to commit to a CL600 – if you are then there are a lot of reasons to want one.