The S-class has long been Mercedes-Benz’s flagship sedan. Big, bold, and sophisticated, it has set the bar in its segment for more than 50 years. Enjoyed by oligarchs, diplomats, and discerning business people alike, it has become a symbol of wealth and power around the world. It also acts as a test bed, allowing Mercedes to evaluate and introduce technologies that will eventually trickle down not only to the rest of the brand’s models, but, in some cases, the automotive world as a whole.
While the S-class’s style and gadgets have changed over the years, the formula hasn’t. Each generation is part of an epic compendium that tells a story, not just about Mercedes-Benz, but about the world itself. In order to highlight this car’s story, we’ve tapped Bring a Trailer’s awesome collection of auction listings to bring you 12 examples of the company’s famed Sonderklasse.
1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5