Here’s Why The Mercedes 300 SL Is The Greatest Mercedes Racer Of All Time

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The Mercedes 300 SL is one of the coolest cars to ever come out of Germany with tons of technological innovation and prestige under its belt.

The Mercedes Benz 300 SLR is one of those legendary vehicles that will forever stand out in automotive history as a truly innovative and pivotal step toward the beautiful cars we all know and love today. While the name may suggest otherwise, this car would go on to positively benefit all automotive manufacturers rather than just Mercedes as it was the first-ever to utilize a fuel injection system rather than a carburetor. This, along with many other technological advancements, made the car a cultural icon with German automotive enthusiasts as it pushed forward the progression of automotive design by decades.

Learn about a goodbye to Stirling Moss with his famous 300 here.

Under the hood of

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California Car Dealer Sues BMW And Mercedes Over Lease Buyout Restrictions

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If you were leasing a car, there was a time when you could trade that leased car to any dealership instead of giving it back to the brand you got it from. Due to the used car shortage, several automakers are no longer allowing these third-party lease buyouts, and a California luxury car dealer has filed a lawsuit against Mercedes and BMW due to these new restrictions.

Back in July, I wrote about how automakers are changing how they handle what is called a “third-party lease buyout.” These new policies severely limit a lessee’s ability to use the current market conditions for used cars.

Before the market went bonkers and inventory became scarce, if you were leasing a car you had three options at the conclusion of the lease. First, you could give it back to a dealer of the same brand. Second, you

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Please, Buy This Unforgettable 1982 Trans-Am Mercedes SL

Photo credit: Mecum Auctions

Photo credit: Mecum Auctions

Like so much of the automotive world, Trans-Am was not quite what it once was by the early 80s. The rise of IMSA GT made what was once the racing home of America’s greatest performance road cars into a secondary player in the sports car racing market in one short decade. It meant the series was not quite as prestigious as it once was, but it also meant there was room on the grid for tube-framed oddities built by small teams in the image of strange cars that were never designed to race. This 450 SL, built in the shape of an R107-generation 500 SL, was one of the most unique.

Photo credit: Mecum Auctions

Photo credit: Mecum Auctions

The R107 was never designed to race, and, thanks to the steel tube construction of this particular car, never really raced in Trans-Am, either. Instead, a purpose-built chassis was designed from

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Daimler Designer Says Mercedes Is More Of A Lifestyle Brand Than Car Maker

Don’t worry, it’ll continue to build mostly cars.

Daimler is in the midst of an interesting process of reconstructing its business. Or, rather, restructuring its operations, which includes deeper ties with other manufacturers, rethinking of the Smart brand, and turning Mercedes-Benz into a much more than just a carmaker. In fact, Daimler’s lead designer believes the marque is already more of a lifestyle brand than an automaker.

In a recent Skype interview with Forbes‘ Nargess Banks, Daimler and Mercedes chief design officer Gorden Wagener provided details about the latter’s transition into a luxury lifestyle brand that offers a wide range of products, varying from small electric city cars to Maybach limousines. 

“I don’t see us as an automotive company so much but more of a lifestyle and luxury brand as our work goes way beyond cars,” Wagener said when asked to define the company he is working

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