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Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 194 December 2017

Market Watch: Our expert considers the C36 AMG market.
Merc Man: How to sell your car the correct way.
Spotlight: The new CLS launches soon, and we’ve experienced it in the UK from the passenger seat!
Take Two: Equipped with M116 and M117 V8s respectively, this 280SE 3.5 and 450SLC make fantastic stablemates.
Star Car: The AMG GT C Coupe features technology from the hard core GT R and could be all the sports car you need.
Motorsport Interview: AMG ambassador Bernd Schneider talks us through his exceptional racing career.
Ownership: Why the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution makes most sense for the mechanically minded hot saloon lover.
Event: The 2017 Tour Auto Optic 2000 involved 250 classic cars and a breathtaking drive from Paris to Biarritz.
Youngtimer: Featuring the extended wheelarches of a W124 E500, this E320 Cabriolet is one good looking droptop.
Profile: Born in Liechtenstein, Harry Schikora trained as a Mercedes engineer before moving to Hollywood in the 60s.
Tuner Car: We take to the road in Brabus’ ginormously powerful G500 4x42 complete with dazzling cabin features.
Technical: Mercedes Enthusiast’s C55 AMG Estate pays a visit to suspension tuning specialist Wheels in Motion.
My Merc: SL320 Mille Miglia driven to Italy.
Buyer’s Guide: Pre facelift A45 AMG.
Running Reports: 190E 2.3 Sportline, GLC220d/CLK63 AMG Coupe, W108 280SE.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 193 November 2017

Market Watch: Get the low-down on 124-series Coupes.
Merc Man: Should you buy new or nearly new?
Inside Line: The future of the smart brand becomes clearer.
Classic Choice: We meet the owner of an immaculate 280SL during a record breaking Pagoda meet in South Africa.
300CE 6.0 AMG vs E63 S Saloon: Two-door hammer takes on Affalterbach’s latest executive saloon.
History in Pictures: From motorsport success to road going masterpieces.
SLS AMG Coupe Black Series vs GT R: Can the new GT R hold a candle to the mightiest SLS of them all?
Project One Hypercar: We talk to Tobias Moers and Andy Cowell about their new machine.
Youngtimer: Imported from Japan to New Zealand, this low mile 300E now serves an airline pilot in fine style.
Profile: Behind the scenes at world renowned 300SL specialist HK-Engineering based in Polling, Germany.
Ownership: This 200-mile R129 SL600 must be worth a fortune on the modern classic market and packs a V12.
My Merc: Two-tone 220S Ponton in the USA.
Buyer’s Guide: R129 SL320 V6.
Running Reports: C55 AMG Estate, E320 Estate/E350 4Matic Estate/E350 Bluetec, E300 D Estate/CLK280 Cabrio.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 192 October 2017

Market Watch: Our expert surveys the 221 S-Class market.
Merc Man: Protecting the value of your new Benz diesel.
Inside Line: Electric cars don’t have the support they need.
Classic Choice: A Beverly Hills cop purchased this W111 220SEb Coupe as a wedding present for his new wife.
Then & Now: Looking back on a host of Mercedes models that cemented designer Bruno Sacco’s reputation.
Tuner Car: With more torque than a Bugatti Veyron, the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabriolet doesn’t want to be tamed.
Road Test Special: Crossing over 100 miles of frozen Arctic Ocean in the versatile Mercedes-AMG GLE43.
Ownership: Bought for a few hundred pounds, this 300TE 4Matic has since undergone extensive restoration work.
Youngtimer: AMG fitted its 3.6-litre six-cylinder motor to several Mercedes including the G-Wagen to make the G36.
Motorsport: Developed for hillclimb events, this 500SLC benefited from the help of AMG and motorsport legends.
Road Test: Wondered what’s it like living with the practical and positively ballistic C63 S Estate? Find out here.
Event: Based in the grounds of a beautiful German castle, Classic Days Schloss Dyck is a car meet like no other.
My Merc: A highly original 300SL Gullwing.
Buyer’s Guide: 216-series CL500.
Running Reports: 190E 2.3 Sportline, ML320 CDI/CLK63 AMG Coupe, W108 280SE.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 191 September 2017

Market Watch: Our mystery watcher considers the R107 SL.
Merc Man: How the C-Class became top dog in its class.
Inside Line: The pros and cons of Linguatronic.
First Drive: Base GLC220d 4Matic Coupe hits the spot.
Star Car: New engines and new driving assistance technology for the facelifted S-Class – on sale now.
Interview: Rodolfo Schöneburg is the brain behind Mercedes-Benz’s groundbreaking Pre-Safe systems.
Event: The exclusive 300SL Club gathered together almost 100 of its member cars at the Untertürkheim testing facility.
Used Road Test: With an exemplary service record and low mileage, this W203 C280 sold for strong money.
Classic Choice: This well-kept W115 230.4 from 1975 makes a superb daily driver for its enthusiastic keeper.
Spotlight: Looking back on Mercedes’ first generation W168 A-Class some 20 years after it was launched.
Youngtimer: Originally intended to serve the Indian Prime Minister, fate steered this W123 300D along a different path.
Profile: The Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim in Germany is a paradise for fans of all things Mercedes-Benz.
Ownership: Witnessing Mercedes testing its new Ponton in an Ethiopian desert, Milan Jelusic later bought his own.
Road Trip: After buying a C200 K, this owner travelled to Germany and drove the Bertha Benz Memorial Route.
My Merc: R171 SLK280 finished in stealthy matte black.
Buyer’s Guide: Early 204-series C220 CDI.
Running Reports: C55 AMG Estate, E320 Estate/E350 4Matic Estate/E350 Bluetec, CLK280 Cabriolet/SL320.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 190 August 2017

Market Watch: Our mystery buyer considers the C126 SEC.
Merc Man: Spare your blushes with an online MOT check.
Inside Line: The great cabriolet debate.
First Drive: E-Class Coupe impresses in 400 V6 4Matic form.
Star Car: The new E-Class Cabriolet shows off its many talents on the twisting routes surrounding Mont Blanc.
Youngtimer: The 300SD Turbodiesel was a North American market special, but this Inca Red example never went there.
Spotlight: Launched in 1996, the original R170 SLK broke new ground for Mercedes and is now a bargain roadster.
Ownership: After buying this mint 190E 2.6 at auction, the owner then began digging into the car’s early life.
Take Four: Four generations of AMG E-Class dissected for your pleasure – you won’t believe how cheap some are!
Star Project: Once a complete wreck without a roof, this 220S Ponton Coupe has since been completely transformed.
Profile: Enthusiast driver and keen classic car collector, US musician Don Ricardo’s life was as colourful as they come.
Tuner Car: We catch up with the new owners of Carlsson and drive an S-Class Cabriolet based Diospyro and 190E C20.
Technology: Come behind the scenes at Mercedes’ factory in Kecskemét, Hungary – birthplace of the CLA.
Event: From the superbly restored to the seriously rapid, the Benz on the Green Mercedes meeting did not disappoint.
My Merc: Stunning CLA200 Coupe based in New Zealand.
Buyer’s Guide: 140-series S-Class saloons.
Running Reports: 190E 2.3, ML320 CDI/CLK63 AMG Coupe, W108 280SE.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 189 July 2017

Market Watch: Our trade spy considers the C215 CL.
Merc Man: Avoiding the pitfalls of PCP finance deals.
Inside Line: The GLK you may never have heard of...
First Drive: New E220d 4Matic Estate put to the test.
First Ride: On board Merc’s electric EQ C concept.
Classic Choice: Showing the odd blemish, Jay Leno’s 300SL is not your usual Gullwing trailer queen.
Top 10: Our favourite Naturally Aspirated Mercedes from the 1970s to 2000s, including the 6.9, E430 and more.
Event: We borrow a stripped out Evolution II and join Mercedes-Benz Classic for its first track day of 2017.
Young Timer: This W124 Superdiesel packs a 450bhp, turbocharged six-cylinder oil burner in its nose.
Tuner Car: With his Trasco 1000SEL, one owner demonstrates his love for big old Mercs and styling mods.
Road Test: The C63 S Cabriolet is AMG’s first convertible C-Class and its 503bhp V8 biturbo leaves us spellbound.
Star Projects: Not content with restoring one 230SL Pagoda, this owner found another for his wife to drive.
Spotlight: Sporting widened wings and special Italian wheels, this C36 AMG tears up the roads of Finland.
Used Road Test: We sample the many pleasures of a six-cylinder powered W210 E280 with one owner from new.
My Merc: Classic dreams with an R107 300SL.
Buyer’s Guide: R171 SLK200 Kompressor.
Running Reports: C55 AMG Estate, 500E/E320 Estate/E350 4Matic Estate/E350 Bluetec, SL320.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 188 June 2017

Market Watch: We delve into the booming 190 market.
Merc Man: Looking back at the only diesel AMG made.
First Ride: First Drive Light tweaks for the facelifted GLA.
Take Two: The W201 190 was a watershed moment for M-B, and the succeeding W202 C-Class built on that success.
Profile: We meet the brains behind the newly established Hemmels restoration business and come away impressed.
Youngtimer Special: Discover exactly what happened to Ayrton Senna’s 500SEC after he took delivery in 1984.
Road Test: Touring South African countryside in AMG’s latest SL65 which packs a 621bhp V12 hammer blow.
Ownership: Not content with an award winning, 123-series 230TE, this Mercedes nut also runs a 300TE-24 3.4 AMG.
Spotlight: Bagged for a bargain price, this 513bhp C63 Estate DR520 is one of just 20 ever sold in the UK.
Used Road Test: Imported from Japan, this 210-series E55 AMG is one of the cleanest examples we’ve seen.
History: How Mercedes’ W25 record car of 1936 broke the stride of Auto Union and sealed its place in record books.
Running Reports: 190E 2.3 Sportline, CLK63 AMG Coupe/ML320 CDI, W108 280SE.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 187 May 2017

First Ride: Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet
Star Car: With 549bhp and suspension tech from the GT R, the GT C Roadster is hot property – read our first review
Technology: Get the lowdown on the groundbreaking new driving systems featuring on the facelifted S-Class
Spotlight: We compare a rare, North American imported, 123-series 300D Turbodiesel to the latest E350d AMG Line
Motorsport: After years of trying, Merc man Bob Sirna set a new speed record at Bonneville in his 300SL Gullwing
Event: Discover what it’s like driving from Spain to Senegal in a 124-series 250D for the annual Dust & Diesel adventure
Take Two: In the market for a fast R230 SL? Then you will want to read our SL55 versus SL65 head-to-head!
Ownership: With just 20,000 miles covered since 1995, this W202 C180 could be destined for great things
Classic Choice: Restored in the UK before moving to New Zealand, this 220S Cabriolet looks at home on the coast
Profile: We chronicle the progress of Mercedes-Benz design under the watchful eye of Gorden Wagener

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 186 April 2017

Star Car: Read our verdict on the new E-Class coupe which starts from £40,135 and arrives in the UK this April
Youngtimer: What would you do with a 10,000-mile W126 300SE? This owner chose to use his example like a new car
Profile: We catch up with recently relocated tuner Renntech and test its stunning GT S and C63 on US roads
Ownership: Bought brand new in the early 1990s, this W124 200D has since covered over 600,000 miles
Take Two: Not content with a rare CLK55 AMG Cabriolet, this Benz fan then purchased a fully loaded E63 V8 biturbo
Motorsport: This 300SE Fintail was breathed on by AMG in the 1960s and now takes part in historic rallying events
Youngtimer: Values of R129 SLs are hardening, and cars like this super low mileage 500SL are the pick of the bunch
Spotlight: We jump aboard Ring Taxi’s AMG GT S for an adrenaline fuelled passenger lap of the fast Nürburgring
Technical: Ever wondered how you replace the upper wishbones and ball joints on a W211 E-Class? Then read on…

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 185 March 2017

Classic Choice: Finished in striking light green, this W108 280SE remains brilliantly usable and has a good story to tell.
Buyers Special: Coupes: In the market for a Mercedes coupe? Then look no further than our essential top 10 guide!
Youngtimer: Formerly owned by a Kiwi racing driver, this sweet 300E-24 Sportline has covered less than 90,000km.
Interview: We talk to Imtiaz Shaikh, founder of Tomini Classics in Dubai – an oasis for lovers of cars classic and modern.
Classic Choice: Less pricey than your average Pagoda, this Californian 250SL boasts the rare ZF five-speed manual gearbox.
Spotlight: Remembering the SLR Stirling Moss supercar by talking with the British racer whose name it carries.
Motorsport: Did you know M-B achieved a 1-2-3 finish in the Diesel class of the 1955 Mille Miglia with its Ponton?
Take Six: From the very first C-Class AMG to the latest – we chart the evolution of Affalterbach’s four-door hot rod.
Profile: Friedrich Geiger designed the 500K Special Roadster while still in his 20s, and styled the 300SL Gullwing48.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 184 February 2017

First Drive: Does AMG’s GLC43 Coupe deliver thrills?
Star Car: After what seems like an eternity, Mercedes-AMG finally lets us loose in the GT R on road and track.
Star Car: The E_Class All-Terrain has Audi’s A6 allroad in its sights – we head to Austria and see what it’s made of?
Classic Choice: Offered by Rosier Classic Sterne in.
Germany: This mint 200 Fintail comes with a hefty price tag.
Profile: The Hilton & Moss operation is expansive and includes a reputed Mercedes-Benz restoration facility.
Take Two: We compare the original C43 AMG Estate to its spiritual successor and come away impressed with both.
Spotlight: One of just 25, this special SLR 722 McLaren Edition is the supercar that should have emerged in 2004.
Youngtimer: French General Pierre de Bénouville once called this 560SEC his own, and took great care of it.
Off road test: We drive a G350d from one side of Scotland to the other – without using public roads.
Ownership: Once in need of serious attention, this 140-series S320 has been revived and nicely modified.

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 183 January 2017

Star Car: Read our verdict on Mercedes-AMG’s new E63 following miles on the road and Algarve racing circuit.
Technology: Get the lowdown on Mercedes’ new engine family debuting in the facelifted S-Class next year.
Young timer Special: 25 years after the launch of the 124-series cabriolet we drive a mint E220 to the south coast.
Profile: We talk Mercedes and the current market with E&R Classics boss Ernest Praag at his impressive company.
Classic Choice: Prepared for the race track yet entirely street legal, this 300SL ‘California Outlaw’ is a one-off!
Spotlight: Owners of every generation of AMG SLK come together and give their verdict on the latest SLC43.
Young Timer: Turbocharged by German company Lotec in the 1990s, this 317bhp 320E is now for sale in the UK.
Tuner Car: Cartech Knowledge has turned this 204-series C63 AMG into a bona fide track weapon.
Event: Mercedes-Benz Classic ships two historic vehicles to the UK for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
My Merc: 190SL immaculate roadster living in Canada.
Running Reports: 190E 2.3 Sportline/C55 AMG Estate, SL320, 500E/E350 4Matic Estate/E350 Bluetec.
Wandering Star: Converted by a Brabus G500.