Mercedes-Benz Museum Starts to Sell Classic Cars
For many Mercedes-Benz owners, a classic or rare Mercedes is at the top of their list of desires. Modern Mercedes-Benz models are beautiful examples of modern motoring, but it’s hard to capture the feeling you get when you get behind the wheel of something that is part of history. To help out the avid Mercedes-Benz collector, the company has launched the All Time Stars program.
All Time Stars
Finding a premiere, factory-backed classic car is pretty much impossible, but Mercedes-Benz has worked to make it easier. The company itself purchase or finds the rare or classic vehicle, then vets them through a 160-point checklist before offering them for sale.
- Concours Edition: This is the group for the rarest of the rare, vehicles in near-perfect condition with low miles, as well as vehicles that have been completely restored by Mercedes-Benz Classic. This is for the ultimate collector, and has included vehicles such as an SL 55 AMG® Mille Miglia 1999, an original 1929 630 Kompressor, and a race-ready 1998 AMG® CLK-LM.
- Collector’s Edition: These are high quality vehicles in great condition technically and visually, but that might not have quite the niche appeal of the ones in the Concours Edition, or the restoration quality. They undergo the same inspection, but are not restored by the Mercedes team. This edition has included a 1992 500SL, a 1994 E 60 AMG® Limited, and a 1979 450 SEL 6.9, all with relatively low mileage.
- Driver’s Edition: For the Mercedes lover who wants to drive their history every day, this edition offers clean, well-maintained Mercedes-Benz vehicles that are suitable for daily use. Generally with higher mileage, they will still be in good working order – they still have to pass the same tests as the other editions. These will also be tinkerer’s cars, for the driver who may want to do some restoration themselves. They won’t be project cars or parts cars, as those won’t pass inspection. This edition currently features a high-mileage 1982 200D, but it comes with a fairly low price tag of 9950 Euro, which translates to roughly $10,850.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum
Let’s be honest, even if you aren’t in the market for one of these motoring pieces of art, and even if you aren’t the biggest Mercedes-Benz buff in the world, the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart should be high on your list of places to visit. Anyone with even the slightest interest in motoring history, the cars of yesterday and today, and the technology of automobile, would find hours of interesting material. The museum covers 16,500 square meters over nine floors, and includes:
- Over 1,500 exhibits covering the history of Mercedes-Benz and the automobile as a whole.
- Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including classics, race cars, prototypes, concepts, and many more!
- Special exhibits that rotate a number of times a year – one of the most recent ones highlighted Mercedes-Benz vehicles used as safety cars.
- Children’s offers and school-trip experiences.
- Design as part of the museum – over the years, the Mercedes Museum has been awarded for its unique architecture.
Mercedes-Benz is constantly looking for new ways to entertain and engage Mercedes-Benz lovers, and offer them unique experiences or opportunities. We think the All Time Stars program is a great way for the collector to get their hands on a vehicle they might not otherwise be able to find. Of course, here at Mercedes-Benz of Massapequa, we can also keep an eye out for premium classic Mercedes if you are interested, and you don’t even have to make the trip to Germany! It’s still worth the once-in-a-lifetime trip to the museum though.