The new S-Class might be the latest and greatest from Mercedes-Benz, but the groundwork for its emergence at the forefront of automotive development was laid back in the 1950s with the Type 300 – also known as the Adenauer. Mercedes chose the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to showcase the 2014 S-Class alongside some of its predecessors, and earlier this month it released an interesting look at this luxury sedan's pedigree.

Following the Adenauer, the S-Class made huge advancements in luxury, safety and performance on cars like the 220SEB Fintail, the 300SEL 6.3 (marking the "birth of the AMG series"), the ultra-luxurious 600S, and the 450SEL, which Mercedes claims as the first car to ever offer anti-lock brakes.

The video posted below shows how far the S-Class has evolved over the years while also staying pretty close to its roots. Just check out all of those two-spoke steering wheels and you'll see what we mean.


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      Mudotaku
      • 1 Year Ago
      ``The S600 was know as a car for presidents and leaders of industry`` Nice way to say the it is remember as the car of every dictator and corrupt politician from the 1970s.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      W221 was the best looking S class
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      The video skips over the 80's and 90's models for no particular reason. Pretty shabby. BD
        Tina Dang
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Especially the 90s gargantuan tank-like W140.. the best one after the W221 and W222 models.
        RGT881
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Yep I wondered what was the deal with that? They actually did show an 80s model but didn't show 90s and the 2000s.
          INCREDIBLE BOB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RGT881
          90s S-class looked like a big, plain Chevy -- and showing all the cars in between makes the new one less startling.
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, OK, OK You make world standard cars -- but giving the history while leaving out the great cars of the 30s, to avoid the Hitler references, was not so honest.
      rstonnerdd
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was looking forward to MB crashing some of the cars on a (race) course. I was a little disappointed.
      ChrisDPrice
      • 1 Year Ago
      They skipped the recent models because the new S-Class looks a lot more modern and new when shown with the really old ones. We all know this is a marketing video, not a serious historical documentary...
      • 1 Year Ago
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