Silvretta Classic 2016

From the diesel as the class winner in the 1955 Mille Miglia to the exclusive high-performance E 500 Limited Saloon: at the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2016, Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the variety of the sporty brand tradition with classic cars from various eras. One thing characterises all five vehicles: an affinity with their standard-production counterparts. The three rally stages from 7 to 10 July 2016 cover around 600 kilometres, taking in picturesque alpine roads through Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Throughout the brand’s history, Mercedes-Benz has consistently developed standard-production vehicles into winning racing sports cars or exclusive high-performance cars. At the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2016, the Stuttgart-based brand demonstrates with five cars from the company’s collection just how close standard production and successful sportiness are in the brand tradition. Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassadors Klaus Ludwig and Karl Wendlinger will also be lining up at the start.

The 180 D (W 120) “Ponton” achieved a triple victory in the diesel class at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Compared with the road version, the saloons were hardly modified for the legendary road race from Brescia to Rome and back.

The racing version of the 1955 190 SL Roadster (W 121) also symbolises the close link between tried-and-tested standard-production technology and racing success. With the competition version of the 190 SL, Douglas Steane achieved a class victory at the 1956 Macau Grand Prix.

At the turn of the 1970s, the 280 SL “Pagoda” marked the most sophisticated development stage of the W 113 series. It was the first SL generation that took forward the common heritage of the 300 SL and the 190 SL, both direct motor racing offshoots. Eugen Böhringer, for instance, took the chequered flag at the 1963 Liège–Sofia–Liège Rally in a 230 SL from this model series.

From the diesel as the class winner in the 1955 Mille Miglia to the exclusive high-performance E 500 Limited Saloon: at the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2016, Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the variety of the sporty brand tradition with classic cars from various eras. One thing characterises all five vehicles: an affinity with their standard-production counterparts. The three rally stages from 7 to 10 July 2016 cover around 600 kilometres, taking in picturesque alpine roads through Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Stuttgart. Throughout the brand’s history, Mercedes-Benz has consistently developed standard-production vehicles into winning racing sports cars or exclusive high-performance cars. At the Silvretta Classic Rally Montafon 2016, the Stuttgart-based brand demonstrates with five cars from the company’s collection just how close standard production and successful sportiness are in the brand tradition. Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassadors Klaus Ludwig and Karl Wendlinger will also be lining up at the start.

The 180 D (W 120) “Ponton” achieved a triple victory in the diesel class at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Compared with the road version, the saloons were hardly modified for the legendary road race from Brescia to Rome and back.

The racing version of the 1955 190 SL Roadster (W 121) also symbolises the close link between tried-and-tested standard-production technology and racing success. With the competition version of the 190 SL, Douglas Steane achieved a class victory at the 1956 Macau Grand Prix.

At the turn of the 1970s, the 280 SL “Pagoda” marked the most sophisticated development stage of the W 113 series. It was the first SL generation that took forward the common heritage of the 300 SL and the 190 SL, both direct motor racing offshoots. Eugen Böhringer, for instance, took the chequered flag at the 1963 Liège–Sofia–Liège Rally in a 230 SL from this model series.