Techno Classica- Essen

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I was extremely excited during my 11 hour flight from LAX to arrive in Germany. This was going to be my first attendance at the largest classic car show held in Europe. I wanted to understand and get an appreciation for the value of the classic Mercedes-Benz in Europe. This show was a delightful treat. The show cars were impeccable and the hosts of the show put out the red carpet and treated their guest with the up most hospitality.

At first when you arrive at the Convention center, it seems like a small gathering, until the itinerary is reviewed and you realize that there are thirteen showrooms with thousands of show cars displayed. The food vendors were spectacular!! How much better can it get than sitting in the midst of the most popular and sought after cars while drinking your German beer and eating a sausage stew.

The first day, I was exhausted from the plane ride so I just walked around the showroom in a daze admiring the vehicles displayed. They had beautiful women dressed up in 50′s and 60′s costumes, a grand pianist, and violinist were walking amongst the cars. The scene was as though I had walked into the set of an old Hollywood movie.


The next day, I woke up early in the morning. I was refreshed from my long flight the previous day. I took as many pictures as time would allow. I have created a photo album on Vintage Euro Parts’ Facebook page.

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Classic Beauty – Mercedes Benz in Classic Film

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Over the years, Mercedes Benz has been putting out cars not only turning heads on the street, but also
on the silver screen. Hollywood has looked to the iconic brand to symbolize class and embody wealth
and refinement in its characters and on its sets.

Here are some memorable models from the 50′s and 60′s that made appearances on the big screen:

190 SL Roadster
This two-door, 4-speed manual convertible was produced between 1955 and 1963. It featured double
wishbone suspensions in the front and swing axles at the rear. It was used in the films High Society,
starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby in 1956, and The Thrill of It All, starring Doris Day in
1963. It has been featured in many other films in each decade ever since.

300 SL Roadster/Gullwing
The faster, more expensive 300 SL Roadster was sold alongside the 190 SL Roadster. It’s most notable
features included it’s gull-wing doors, fuel-injection (a first for the public), and ridiculous speed. It was
seen great films such as 1964′s Viva Las Vegas, staring none other than Elvis. See YouTube clip below.

Elvis Presley – Scene from \”Viva Las Vegas\” (MGM 1964)

1964′s What a Way to Go, starring Shirley MacLaine and Paul Newman.

SL Pagoda
This classic beauty came in several models: the 230, 250, and 280. The 250 SL, which was in production
for just a year, had the sportier feel of the earlier models, but also had more agility thanks to a new
engine and rear disc brakes, as well as a larger fuel tank. And as a testament to quality assurance, each
engine in the 280 was bench-tested for two hours before being installed to ensure longevity. Models of
the “Pagoda” can be seen in 1965′s Die! Die! My Darling with Peter Vaughan and Donald Sutherland, and
1967′s Two for the Road starring Audrey Hepburn.

A great website for more classic Mercedes-Benz sightings is the following link:

60 Years of the Mercedes-Benz SL in Movies- http://www.notcot.com/archives/2012/02/mercedes-sl-history-in-movies.php

If you want to catch them in action, you might be able to find one of the movies on Demand or on one
of the channels offered through , http://www.getdirecttv.org like MGM or

Otherwise you may just have to test one out for yourself at a car show. Or better yet, refurbish one for
yourself with rare parts found right here on the Vintage Euro parts online store at www.vintageeuroparts.com