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Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 170 December 2015 

Star Car: We drive the new C-Class coupe in the diesel, petrol and full fat AMG forms - read our verdict here.
Take Two: Mechatronik’s Pagoda based M-SL 430 V8 meets a wonderfully original 280SL in South Africa.
Youngtimer: A well-used and extremely well cared for W123 200 reveals its biggest secret for you pleasure.
Star Project: Based in the USA, this CLK55 AMG sports a widebody kit manufactured by Sarto Racing in Japan.
Motorsport: Get the full story on this brilliant, 190-based 6x6 that competed in the Dakur rally in the 80’s.
Classic Choice: What does it take to run a post-war 170S-D saloon today? Ownership: Finished in an unusual but strangely familiar shade, this C63 AMG Estate is loaded with kit.
Youngtimer: We all know the 140-series S-Classes are going cheap, but this S420 Business Edition takes the biscuit!

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 169 November 2015 

Star Car: Read our first drive on the facelifted A-Class-faster and more comfortable than its predecessor.
Spotlight: Get more bang for your buck with these V6 and V8 petrol Mercedes the puts the fun back into driving.
Classic Choice: Extensively restored, this W111 250SE Cabriolet made £67,500 at a recent auction event.
Tuner Car: A Black Series in all but name, Cartecjahn’s C63 AMG Coupe produces almost 600bhp.
Motorsport: Discover what it means to ride on board with rally world champion Hannu Mikkola in a 450SLC.
Spotlight: with tuner Sportec’s stage 3 supercharger kit this Melanite Black metallic SL55 boasts over 630bhp.
Technology: We test Continental’s new SportContact 6 high performance tyre on Germany’s Blister Berg circuit.
Profile: We go behind the scences at Brabus and interview its founder, Bodo Buschmann - not to be missed!
Road Test: Stunning Norwegian scenery provides the perfect backdrop for the modestly powered yet classy C180.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 168 October 2015 

Road Test Special: Just 500 SL Mille Miglia 417 Editions will be made – we drive the 500 V8 on Italian roads.
Motorsport: Read the fantastic story behind this W194 300SL restored as a tribute to racer John Cooper Fitch.
Restoration Special: Assessment: Here’s everything you need to consider before investing money in expert restoration work.
Restoration Special: Bodywork: Find out what’s involved in professionally reviving the exterior of your beloved Mercedes-Benz.
Restoration Special: Mechanicals: In some respects, how a Mercedes drives means everything – here are tips from the experts.
Restoration Special: Interiors: You’ll never forget or tire of the benefits of getting this part of your Mercedes’ restoration correct.
Restoration Special: Mercedes Benz Classic: Discover what it takes to supply brand new parts for old Mercedes-Benz cars.
Restoration Special: Star Project: 450SEL 6.9 DIY restoration success!
Spotlight: Beautiful Norwegian roads provide the perfect playground for this CLK63 AMG Black Series.
Event: Infinitum Classic Cars Tour offers the chance to drive a host of old Mercs through stunning Polish scenery.
Interview: We talk to British GT3 racer Tom Onslow-Cole.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 167 September 2015 

Star Car: Read our verdict on the brand new GLC – a medium sized SUV available in the UK for the first time!
Take Two: Nigel Mansell’s 560SEC and the latest S500 Coupe.
Classic Choice: The 190SL is 60 years old and one journalist has just driven a pristine example for the first time.
Youngtimers: Love for Mercedes’ 190E 2.5_16 is alive and well – as these two passionate owners prove.
Classic Choice: The 250CE is a mid range W114 coupe whose task was to build upon the popularity of the Fintails.
Road Test: It may have only 175bhp, but the CLS220 Bluetec Coupe is an entry level model with great ability.
Road Test Special: We live with an A45 AMG for a weekend before entering the hot hatch in a hillclimb event.
Spotlight: Discover what it was like driving a Brabus B63S 700 6x6 in one of the world’s most famous car events.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 166 August 2015 

Star Cars: We drive the new GLE, Mercedes’ replacement for the ML, and also test the new GLE coupe in AMG form
Spotlight: Modern classic Mercedes for £15,000 or less, including an E320 Cabriolet, 190E 2.5-16 and 280GE!
Classic Choice Special: Andrew Frankel took part in this year’s Mille Miglia in a UK registered 300SL Gullwing
Road Test: Scotland’s stupendous roads make the perfect playground for Mercedes-AMG’s new C63 S saloon
Classic Choice: Read the touching story of this 1966 230SL Pagoda brought out of storage after 25 years
Tuner Car: With 888bhp, the Brabus Rocket 900 is the most powerful 222-series S-Class saloon on the planet!
Youngtimer: Just over 40,000 miles on the clock of this R129 SL320 make it a rare find – but how does it drive?
Tuner Car: Kleemann’s CLS63 flies the flag for tuned biturbo engines, its V8 producing an amazing 837bhp!

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 165 July 2015 

World Exclusive: Road Test Special: Mercedes-AMG’s new GT S is undoubtedly the car of the moment, which is why it deserved the ultimate road test taking in much of Europe and plenty of weather to boot!
Modern Classics Special: n classics.
C111: The gullwing doored road car that never was – we put pedal to the metal in Mercedes’ iconic experimental car.
Bruno Sacco: We discuss the little known ‘SL X’ project and much more with the famous Mercedes-Benz designer.
E500 vs E63 AMG: Can the legendary W124 V8 compete with the latest E-Class from Aff alterbach’s stable?
350SL & 450SLC: South Africa plays host to a 107-series coupe and roadster as they go head-to-head.
190E 2.5_16 Evolution II: This incredibly low mile racing special now lives in New Zealand – and we’ve driven it!
280CE by Lorinser: Period looks and great provenance set this 123-series coupe apart from the rest.
560SECs: We head Stateside to meet owners with a passion for modified 126-series coupes – but which to choose?
Mike Kunz: Kunz Mercedes Benz Classic Center, USA: Meet the manager of mercedes heaven.
C9: We talk exclusively to team boss Peter Sauber and racing driver Jean-Louis Schlesser about that victory at Le Mans.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 164 June 2015 

Youngtimer: As the ultimate version of the C107, the 450SLC 5.0 offers much as a sporting modern classic coupe.
Interview: We visit the home of Sir Stirling Moss and talk fast cars, girls and the art of staying alive in battle.
Spotlight: Finding a 190SL in a shocking state, this enthusiast set about creating a tribute to the Racing version.
Take Two: Now 10 years old, we celebrate the CLS and its best selling engine, the OM642 V6 turbodiesel.
Ownership: This SL60 AMG is one of very few right-hand drive, facelifted cars sold in the UK – and it’s restored!
Tuner Car: Lorinser lets us loose in its limited edition G50L made exclusively for the affluent Chinese market.
Roadtest: Can the top diesel B-Class – the B220 CDI 4Matic – fulfil the needs of three very different buyers?
Technical: See how Birds in Buckinghamshire upgrades a C63 AMG with a Quaife limited-slip differential.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 163 May 2015 

Star Car: Not just practical, the new CLA shooting brake is also seriously good looking – and fast in 45 AMG form!
Road Test Special: We test the first plug-in hybrid C-Class – the C350e – and sample the stunning F 015 concept.
Classic Choice: After a 2.5-year restoration at Kienle, this 300SL Roadster is now ready for the open road.
Technology: Mercedes-Benz and its customers owe much to the fabulously adaptable M186 engine.
Ownership: This 140-series 600SEC claims a rare V12 badge and an interesting former life serving Brunei royalty.
Road Test: What kind of car is the new S63 AMG Coupe? We head to England’s sunny south coast to find out...
Star Car: Capable of wading through water one metre deep, the 416bhp G500 4x42 is not your average G-Wagen.
Motorsport: We followed three heavily modified M-Classes as they tackled this year’s gruelling Dakar Rally.
Spotlight: Built to burn rubber, this C Class drift car packs a staggeringly powerful turbodiesel engine.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 162 April 2015 

Star Cars: We head to Portugal to drive AMG’s brand new C63 and C450 AMG Sport 4Matic on the road and track.
Take Two: Our very own C55 AMG takes on the 204-series C63 AMG as we celebrate Affalterbach’s C-Classes.
Classic Choice: A 300S Roadster and 300Sc Coupe back with their lucky owner after five years at Mechatronik.
Tuner Car: Not only does this SEC have Styling Garage’s legendary Gullwing door conversion, it’s a widebody too!
Road Test: Does the GLA45 AMG deserve to carry those fabled three letters? We head to the New Forest to find out.
Ownership: Family transport doesn’t get much more classy than Mercedes’ 1970s V115 220D long-wheelbase.
A180 CDI Eco: The most frugal A-Class you can buy reveals its fun side.
Spotlight: Star fuel savers: Top 10: A look back at Merc’s most important fuel saving models.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 161 March 2015 

Star Car: There is far more to the Mercedes-Maybach S600 than just its classy road manners – read our first test!
Classic Road Test: It may be 40 years old , but this W116 280S has covered a mere 8,000 miles since 1975.
Youngtimer: Once serving the criminal underworld in Japan, this 560SEL AMG now finds itself in the UK.
Classic Choice: Rebuilt and enjoying the open roads of South Africa, this 1913 Benz provides a driving education.
Spotlight: Based on the successful racing version, this one-off SLS AMG GT3S was built for a loyal AMG customer.
Road Test: The C300 Bluetec Hybrid offers outstanding efficiency and raw power for only a modest price premium.
Technology: Mercedes-Benz celebrities three decades of its groundbreaking 4Matic four-wheel drive system.
Ownership: A chance encounter with this 230SL Pagoda led one man to realise his passion for classic cars.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 160 February 2015 

First Drive: New ‘entry level’ SL with a V6 biturbo motor.
Classic Choice: Established in 2012, RPR has bestowed a W111 280SE 3.5 coupe with a V8 from a W220 S-Class.
Classic Roadtest: Previously owned by a retired airline pilot, this W124 230E has covered just 28,000 miles.
Yongtimer Special: Take one 450SEL 6.9, some stunning Norwegian scenery, and you get a true dream drive.
Spotlight: With its aggressive new bodykits and 5.7m long E-Class estate, Binz is courting a new type of customer.
Used Roadtest: This manual equipped SLK200 Kompressor has covered just 2,100 miles since 2007!
Tuner Car: With the added impact of MEC Design styling,Vogue Auto Design has transformed this SL55 AMG.
Take Two: Two V8 powered R107 SLs from the beginning and end of production make very diff erent impressions.
Technology: Join us behind the scenes at Mercedes’ Technology Center in Sindelfingen to discuss car design.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 159 January 2015 

STAR CAR Find out if the new Mercedes-AMG GT is a true driver’s car as we test in California on the road and track
SPOTLIGHT We pay our respect the SLS AMG by getting together by getting together an early coupe, roadster and Black series
CLASSIC CHOICE This W108 280SEL severed the ambassador of London’s Vietnam Embassy in the 1970s
STAR CAR Can Mercedes right the few wrongs of the B-class with its new version? We head to Mallorca to find out
SPOTLIGHT An independent Mercedes-Benz specialist gives an R170SLK the 3.7-litre M112 V6 from an R230 SL
TUNER CAR Owned by American racing driver Cort Wanger, this CL63 AMG packs a Weistec supercharger kit
ROADTEST With a V6 biturbo, the E400 Coupe is the most powerful model in the range, and dose not disappoint
OWNERSHIP Award winning, Australian, architect Taras Wolf has combined his love of Mercedes and architecture