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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