Mercedes-Benz is and always has been one of the best car manufacturers in the world. While its modern models push style and technology to the limits, past models have by no means been overshadowed thanks to their classic looks, feel, and so much more. 1960s models, in particular, are highly valued and coveted among car collectors and enthusiasts. Some Mercedes-Benz models of the 1960s, however, stand out from the rest for their speed, power, looks, and opulent designs.
Here is a review of our picks for the top ten Mercedes-Benz models of the 1960s.
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
Classic does not get any more authentic than with the 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Designed for speed, the car is a classic roadster with a top speed of 175 km/h. it is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 11 seconds and packs a power of 120bhp. Featuring two doors, an open body, and a long, sleek bonnet, the 190SL is all about luxury and elegance. The interior, on the other hand, is simple yet elegant with plush seats and a neat dashboard.
1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE
The 1961 Mercedes-Benz 220SE is a faster and more powerful version of its predecessors. It is elegantly long with a length size of 191 inches, and its entire body is covered in compact and seek metal. It has a top speed of 170 km/h and a power output of 134bhp. Although it is not exactly a sports car, it packs enough power and speed to meet all your driving needs. The interior is just as elegant and opulent. It features plush seats for utmost comfort, and it is conveniently spacious.
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 S
The 1961 Mercedes-Benz S was an improvement from its predecessors in every aspects from looks to speed and technology. It featured more chrome than earlier models, and this made it look more compact and powerful. It also did away with the tail fins as they were considered outdated by then. It recorded a top speed of about 150 km/h, and its moderate engine pumped out about 120bhp of power. Its interior was spacious and classy, but it did not give much attention to technology.
1962 Mercedes-Benz 190
An ideal piece of motoring history, the 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 leans more to the vintage than the classic. It gets its vintage look from its elongated and bent bonnet, but it still retains its classical Mercedes-Benz looks. In spite of its small size, this car’s engine is powerful as it propels it to about 135 km/h and gives a power output of 60bp. The interior is simple but comfortable.
1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coup
The 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coup was the ideal car of choice for those who could afford the luxury back in the late 60s. Combining a classic look with a powerful engine and plush interior, the car was a favorite among the elite in Europe, and thousands of units were exported to the U.S. and other countries thanks to its popularity.
It features a large engine with a power output of 150bhp. With a top speed of 189 km/h and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 12 seconds, the vehicle is a true road warrior. Coupled with the luxurious interior, the model caters for virtually every need you may have in a classic car.
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
A cross between the 300SL and the 190SL, the 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL is formal, luxurious, and elegant. In spite of its formal look, it comes with most of the components of a typical sports car. It features a removable top, four-wheel suspension, and a straight-six multi-point fuel injected engine. It has a top speed of 124 mph, and accelerates from 0-60 mph in about 8.8 seconds.
This model’s formal yet classical look makes it ideal for both formal and informal occasions. Additionally, its removable top beautifully complements its classic appearance. The interior is comfortable and spacious, but it lacks the convenience of modern technology.
1968 Mercedes-Benz 200 D
Although the 1968 version of the Mercedes-Benz 200 D was among the later models to be produced in the 60s, it did not pack as much power and speed as would have been expected. The body was a simple and classic version of the earlier Mercedes-Benz models, but the interior was optimized for comfort and elegance. Speed and power, however, were not as impressive.
The diesel-powered engine was great for fuel conservation, but it managed a moderate top speed of 130 km/h and power output of 59bhp.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 600
Designed for the elite and wealthy, the Mercedes-Benz 600 has never lost its rank among the top classic and luxurious vehicles of the 60s. it had a long and sleek body that supported a spacious interior ideal for business traveling, in spite of its big body, this model recorded an impressive top speed of 200 km/h and accelerated from 0-100 km/h in just 9.7 seconds. The petrol-powered engine was strong and reliable as it put out 300bhp of power, which was awesome back then.
The Mercedes-Benz 600’s focus on luxury meant that the interior did not compromise on anything. The seats were made of plush leather for utmost comfort and the car featured all the latest technology of its time.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
The 280SL was ahead of its time when it came to technology and power. Its most notable feature is its sleek, sports-like body characterized by two doors, a long and curvy bonnet, and an imposing front bumper. It was in deed designed to be a sports car with a touch of luxury and elegance thanks in part to the removable top.
Hosting a spark-ignition four-stroke engine, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL has a top speed of 200 km/h (which is still impressive today) and packed an incredible power of 195bhp. The interior is not as spacious as the earlier models, but the removable top is a great convenience.
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Despite being among the earliest 60s Mercedes-Benz models, the 300SL Roadster puts later models to shame with its good looks and sonic speeds. A typical sports car, the model features a gracefully long bonnet and a spacious bending boot that makes it look sleek. The removable top opens up to a comfortable interior with a neat dashboard hosting the latest technology of the time.
However, although the looks alone are captivating, it is the speed and power that take the day. It records a top speed of 250 km/h and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds, which is amazing even by today’s standards. It also has an impressive power output of 240bhp.