Mercedes Benz USA reached the high annual sales volume in its history in 2013, with 312,534 units sold for the Mercedes Benz brand. That history reaches back to 1886, when they claimed to have invented the first automobile. Although that is a highly disputed claim, Mercedes Benz is undoubtedly an iconic manufacturer and vintage Mercedes Benz body parts elicit nostalgia in all who see them.
300SL Gullwing: The upward-opening doors are the most stunning feature of this model and give the car its name. Hinging in the middle of the car’s roof, the doors raise upwards and resemble the wings of a seagull as it flies away. This model was made as a successful race car in 1952, and was put into production two years later in 1954. After World War II, Mercedes needed a unique car to get back on the automobile map, and this was the one to do it. The Gullwing was powered by a 3.0-liter straight-6 cylinder and had 220-horsepower. This iconic Mercedes was only in production until 1963, but car fans around the world still recognize it today.
540K: Made between 1936 and 1940, this truly vintage model exudes pre-war tastes. In fact, it was a bit too popular during that time, as it became the staple car for high-ranking officers in Nazi Germany’s Reich. Despite this infamous owner base, the 540K was ahead of its time. With a 5.4-liter straight-8 cylinder that would eventually boast a supercharger, it had 180 horsepower. For the time, that kind of pushing power was unheard of. In today’s international collector car market, the special edition and custom-bodied 540Ks are at the top of Mercedes prices. At the 2016 RM Sotheby’s Scotland auction, a fire-engine red “Special Roadster” sold for $9.9 million.
280SL Pagoda: To follow the staggering impression that the Gullwing made, Mercedes produced the Pagoda between 1967 and 1971. A simple, sophisticated, and clean design, this model truly looks good in any color. In terms of power, the Pagoda had a 2.8-liter inline 6-cylinder and put out 170 horsepower. While that is more moderate than other iconic models, the Pagoda offered a look that could fit any couple or family with a timeless poise.
According to the Chicago Tribune, generations of young drivers now have a renewed interest in purchasing vintage Mercedes Benz vehicles. They tend towards models from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s for their solid builds, lower prices, and feeling of freedom. Vintage models can go for as low as $10,000 and with fairly easy access to Mercedes Benz body parts, replacements and repairs have become easy for younger drivers.
If your Mercedes needs some attention and you want to peruse new Mercedes Benz body parts to refresh its vintage look, go to your nearest Mercedes Benz parts center today.