Mercedes-Benz SEL 300
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Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: SEL 300
Mercedes-Benz SEL 300

The principle behind the SEL 300 was simple. It involved taking the powerful 6.3 liter V8 Mercedes-Benz M100 engine from the huge Mercedes-Benz 600 model, and fit it into the regular Mercedes-Benz W109 S-Class model. These models at the time only had 6-cylinder engines. The likely result was a nearly 2-ton sedan with performance to embarrass the other cars on the road. It crushed the Porsche 911, and even in handling. Even today, this model can take on modern cars at a host of speeds. What set this car apart from its siblings in the late 1960s was that it could cruise at high speeds with 5 occupants in complete comfort. This was like combining the sports coupe with a great luxury sedan, thus allowing you to have your cake and eat it too. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL started out as a private venture in 1966 by a company engineer by the name of Erich Waxenberger. This invention culminated into the world's first Super Sedan. The look and styling is credited to Paul Bracq. Oddly enough, the rather company went ahead and produced this car from 1968 onwards. Their motivation was to make better use of the M100 engine production facilities, but it turned out to be much more rewarding than that. In the 1970s, the Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL replaced the 6.3 with even more modifications and power. The performance is extraordinary even by today's standards as it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and complete the quarter mile 14.42 seconds. What is even more impressive is that it can do all this despite a total weight of 2400 kg. Partly, Benz owes a lot of credit to their design and engineering team. Not to mention, their hand crafters are due a great deal of respect as well. Because of these people, the brand has been elevated to the level at which it is today.

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