Mercedes-Benz 280

The 280 model is commonly accepted as the Mercedes-Benz flagship model. Though the term S-Class has been used as a number of ways for decades, it was not formally used by Mercedes-Benz until the introduction of the W116 for the 1973 model year. Prior to that, the model was simply known as the 280, not the 280S or the S280. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the familiar description for a series of large luxury flagship sedans produced by Mercedes-Benz over the years, which is a division of DaimlerChrysler. While the exact beginning of the S-Class moniker is not known exactly, it has always been used in reference to the most spacious and largest luxury models in the Mercedes-Benz line-up. This does exclude though the limited-production Mercedes-Benz 600 limousine, which was obviously large and luxurious. In some instances it also applied to vehicles requiring premium fuel due to the higher compression ratio. The name "S-Class" is derived from the German word "Sonderklasse". The 'S' is just used for short. "Sonderklasse" means "special class", which is taken to mean a specially outfitted car. In this class, models sold in North America are the S 450, which is beginning in 2008, the S 550, the S 600, the S 63 AMG and the S65 AMG. Outside of North America, models in the line include the S 350 and the S 320 CDI. The first W221 model released in North America was the S 550, which was called the S 500 outside North America. The following spring, the S 600 arrived. Upscale department store Saks Fifth Avenue even offered 20 special-edition S 600 sedans for sale in its 2005 Christmas catalog. It is amazing to think about, but all 20 cars, priced at a not exactly cheap $145,000 each, sold on November 22, 2005 in less than seven minutes.