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