So you can see how the s class developed over the years buying a new car then head to car wow, and my team will help you find your next car at a fair price car wow, your one stop car buying comparison site. This is where it all began in 1904, with the mercedes simplex 60 horsepower, ricer limousine it's the great great great great grandfather to the s class and it was owned by a chat called emil, yelanak and he's, the guy who actually gave mercedes its brand name. Next came this: the nurburg 460. actually had the name mercedes benz, because by now daimler and ben's had merged. So this car was tested at the nurburgring that's, where it gets its name from, and it was quick for its day 60 miles an hour and also very reliable. Then in 1951 came this the 220.. The design of it is actually inspired by a one off car that mercedes benz built for the german chancellor of that time, and it was the first time the letter s went on a luxury car from mercedes because you could get an s version of this. With a larger, more powerful engine, more luxurious interior and a larger body now here we have the great grandfather for the s class it's, the 220 ponton from 1955., so ponton in english would be pontoon and it refers to a bridge it's, a makeshift bridge of which There'Ll be quite a lot in germany following the war.
Now, the design of this car is a three box design it's the first time that you had that on a mercedes and that mimics a pontoon bridge. Hence the name it's also the first mercedes to get a unibody construction, so instead of a chassis with a body on top it's all one unit, and that means there's more space inside it also uses the axles of a racing car and, as with the previous model, You could get an s version which is more powerful and more luxurious. In 1959, the heck and floss was introduced now it's called heck and floss, which means tail fin, and you can clearly see this car was inspired by american cars of this era. It was the first time mercedes ever really thought about safety, so you had crumple zones in the front. You had a safety cell for where the passengers sat and you could get a 220 version, a 220s a 220 sc, and this is the 300 se lang which stands for long, because it's very long and this car was available with optional central locking, had a nickname. The palsteiger probably said that wrong, but what that means is it's a sort of german joke based on parking assistant because they used to use the fins at the back to know where the rear of the car was when were reversing up, so they didn't damage. The back end bit like an old fashioned form of parking camera in 1965, the father of the s class arrived.
This is actually a 300 sel 6.3 from 1969, and really this was the first time that mercedes started to fit huge, powerful engines to its limousine. So this one has a 6.3 liter v8, with 250 horsepower. Now, at the time there are a couple of employees working for mercedes, the mercedes stop racing. They got a bit annoyed, so they went away and set up their own company bought one of these board. It out to 6.8 liters, they took it racing at spa. This big car went blasting past smaller, lighter sports cars. It actually came. Second, now, the kind of nickname was called the red sag, which is a red female pig, because it was a big red car and it was actually a huge success for the guys who took it racing. And so they went on to form their racing company, which became a tuning company, and you might have heard of it. It'S called amg in 1972. The s class was born. This is actually a 300 sel from 1980 and it had a 6.9 liter v8 with 286 horsepower. Now the s class was the first car from mercedes to feature. Abs was also the first s class to get a turbo diesel engine in 1979. The second generation version of the s class arrived and had a few key features. For starters, it was the first time mercedes had a plastic bumper on its car, so you know it'd be chrome, but if you had a little parking ding that would be damaged, whereas the plastic more resilient actually had some safety features as well.
It was the first car for mercedes to have traction control, so stop your wheels. Spinning up when you accelerate. It was also the first car ever to feature an airbag mercedes patented that design, but they gave it to other car makers to use for free to improve the safety for everyone. This particular car here is the end of the line. 1991 560 sel with a 5.5 liter v8 with 300 horsepower. The second generation version of the s class is actually the best selling model ever with more than 800 000 sold worldwide. Normally they sell around 400 000 per model generation in 1991. The third generation of the s class was introduced and it pioneered many technologies which you get on modern cars today, so it was the first car to get electronic stability control also was available with satellite navigation voice commands braking assist. This one's got the parking sensors on it. It is all very, very modern. This particular car you see here is a 1998 320., so it's got a 3.2 liter engine. Now, if that's not enough for you, you could get it with a six liter v12. The 408 horsepower in fact it's the first time that an s class was available with a v12, a guy called arnold schwarzenegger had one. Unsurprisingly, now we come to the fourth generation version of the s class, which was introduced in 1998, and it features something called distronic, which is a very clever cruise control system, which uses a radar to keep you a safe distance from the car in front.
So you don't just drive into the back of it. It also featured a command system, which is a computer based, infotainment system which has now been superseded by mbux, and it also had active body control which stopped the car from diving or pitching under accelerating and braking or from rolling in the corners. This is actually a 2004 model year, so a later version of the fourth generation s class in 2005, the fifth generation version of the s class came along so that took the distronic cruise control from the fourth generation model and added a plus to it, which meant It could use the cars brakes as well to bring you down to complete, stop in stop start traffic, which is really handy. One thing for me about this car, though, as illustrated by this late 2013 car, is the fact that the interior is much improved over that. Fourth generation car. Finally, we come to the sixth generation s class, so it's the model that's about to be replaced, and this one's looking a bit worse for wear because they've cut away a lot of the body panels. So you can see all the tech in here because there's absolutely loads on it, for instance, check this out. These are the little airbags for the massage function and for the first time ever it could do different kinds of massages, even a hot stone. Massage. You also had special perfume being blown through the ventilation system.
It had matrix, led headlights which could blank out part of its beam, so you don't dazzle oncoming drivers. This car has so many sensors and cameras on it. It can actually drive itself, though, obviously not legally. On the road, it also has magic body control, so it uses a camera to look the road ahead and it can spot bumps and when you approach them, it'll lift at the wheels so that you don't feel the bumps as you drive over them. It was also the first mercedes to feature two huge digital infotainment screens, it's, absolutely ram full of tech, and the new one is even more advanced if you enjoyed the video, please give it a like, also comment below of any kind of other videos. You'D like us to do if you want to watch some more videos, click on the windows there and if you click on the box, you can download the car wow app, it's, completely free. You can use it to like browse all our reviews and see how much money we can save you on a new car. On average we can save 3600 pounds that's right also. It has a special number plate reader, so you can scan any card's number plate and it'll. Tell you how much that car is currently worth download.