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Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 134 December 2012

First Drive: The new entry level Executive SE trim line impresses on Mercedes’ C220 CDI BlueEfficiency estate

Youngtimer: A gorgeous, 5,000-mile R107 280SL with a difference – a rare, five-speed manual gearbox

Classic Choice: Living the high life in South Africa with a truly stunning and very original 220S Ponton

Classic Roadtest: Could this beautifully presented 280SE Cabriolet be the W111 you’ve been looking for?

Roadtest Special: The C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is the hottest Mercedes C-Class ever – but is it practical?

Spotlight: The story of an owner’s W18 290 restoration project will inspire, surprise and delight – what a car!

Buyer’s Guide: Under £10,000 can now get you one of these super stylish C215CLs – here’s all you need to know

Spotlight: In menacing and original Anthracite Grey paint, this immaculate 450SEL 6.9 oozes retro cool

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 133 November 2012

Star Car: Mercedes-Benz strides into fresh territory with its super stylish, brand new CLS shooting brake

Youngtimer: Yesteryear’s world beating, V8 powered, 126-series 500SEL for the price of a modern day supermini

Spotlight: CKS Performance pulls out all the stops with this demonic SL55AMG packing a whopping 652bhp

Classic Choice: Once owned by Hollywood royalty Clark Gable, this 300Sc Cabriolet A is full of star quality

Tuner Car: This striking Hamann Hawk pushes the SLS AMG’s looks to an extreme level, with the power to match

Ownership: Want to get digital radio in your Mercedes? Not a problem – we show you how!

Youngtimer: The story of an intriguing and delightful modern classic with a difference, an S123 ambulance

Roadtest: Our first chance to get behind the wheel of the new V6 powered SL350 on UK roads – it was worth the wait!

Spotlight: Inspired by the golden era of Mercedes racing, this evocative Streamliner project is not just for show

Used Roadtest: Effortless style and power combine in the CLK55 AMG Cabriolet – now for less than you think

Classic Choice: This splendid 190SL boasts a rare factory hardtop that gives it elegant coupe lines

Price Point: Have £30K to spend on a family mover? A new C220 CDI Estate or used ML350 CDI could be for you

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 132 October 2012

Spotlight: Fast, handsome and rare, modern classic AMGs are still very affordable – we ask why

Classic Choice: From a life on the open road to years of racing, this adored 300SL Gullwing is a fascinating find

Take Two: In its 40th year, the classic 116 goes head-to-head with the current 221-series in a tale of two S-Classes

Youngtimer: Just a glimpse of its potential reminds us why the 190E 1.5-16 Evolution is a car to be treasured

Ownership: Discover the amazing art of detailing as we go behind the scenes at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

Roadtest: Effortless performance, good efficiency and high end luxury come together in the new ML350 Bluetec

Classic Choice: Basking in the Hollywood sun, this 280SE Coupe’s rags to riches story doesn’t follow the script

Buyer’s Guide: Nearly new CLCs prove to be tempting prospects if you want compact, stylish, practical motoring

Tuner Car: Starting with the E36 AMG, MKB’s stonking P700 takes discreet, executive expresses to another level

Youngtimer: It certainly looks the business, but can this E320 Coupe live up to its ‘best in the UK’ sales pitch?

Spotlight: Headturning pace meets classic, convertible elegance in this beautiful, bespoke 300SE 6.3 Cabriolet

Used Roadtest: In tough times, the ever versatile T245 B180 CDI might be coming into its own in the used market

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 131 September 2012

First Drive: Behind the wheel of the top diesel B-Class, the 134bhp B200 CDI BlueEfficiency with 64.2mpg potential

Star Car: Sharp new looks, the latest equipment and much more make Mercedes’ new GL better than ever

Spotlight: We look back on 20 years of the V12SL with a memorable drive in a stunning, low mile R129 SL600

Classic Choice: Join us on memory lane in what was once Ringo Starr’s 190SL, now back to its charming best

Roadtest: Our first taste of the new ML250 Bluetec with a fuel sipping, emissions slashing, four-cylinder diesel motor

Motorsport: Come behind the scenes and discover what is involved in taking an SLS AMG GT3 racing

Top 10: Available for just 25 per cent of their original values, these cut price quarter-pounders are not to be missed!

Youngtimer: Having covered just 3,000 miles, this 17-year old W124 E320 is almost factory fresh

Tuner Cars: Fresh from the track, two Vath C63 AMG Coupes take different approaches to blowing you away

Price Point: On a £70,000 budget, is a new CLS350 CDI or a used CL500 the best buy for a style conscious owner?

Spotlight: This supercar baiting, modified C43 AMG roars like no other W202 thanks to a special secret weapon

Ownership: Perhaps an unusual route to ownership, but this W123 240D proves patience and research can pay off

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 130 August 2012

First Drive: Back to basics with the entry level SLK200 BlueEfficiency that has 181bhp and 149mph ability

Star Car: It is revolution not evolution for Mercedes new A-Class – but has this bold approach paid off?

Spotlight: The year 2012 marks 45 years of AMG – we celebrate the tuner’s hits and look to its exciting future

Youngtimers: Meet an S500 Coupe and CL600 that both still delight and impress their truly smitten owners

Motorsport: What does it take to tackle the super tough London to Cape Town Rally? Find out with this C123

Buyer’s Guide: Everything you need to know about buying the C219 CLS – the world’s first four-door coupe

Classic Choice: A W100 600 and 230.6 long wheelbase make us go weak at the knees – South African limos

Event: Getting to grips with driving on snow and ice in Norway’s fast growing Winter Challenge 2012

Youngtimer: This well specced, 201-Series 190LE is so rare, some have even doubted its existence at all!

Spotlight: Satisfying the street scene and lovers of old Mercedes , this classic lowrider is in astounding condition

Used Roadtest: With a 301bhp V6, this low mile R171 SLK350 proves second hand does not mean second best

Tuner Car: A remapped ECU and top speed increase make the S63 AMG based Brabus B63 a real power player

Spotlight: Fed up of back seat drivers? Maybe the Kids’ Driving Experiences at Brooklands are what they need!

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 129 July 2012

First Drive: C250 BlueEfficiency Coupe: The 201bhp Turbocharged engine is well suited to this two door C-Class

Star Car Special: The new SL63 AMG restores our faith in the R231 with a serious show of force

Star Car Special: Join us in off-road heaven with the latest version of the G-Class, as well as the facelifted GLK

Spotlight: Thanks to its owner’s care and dedication, this stunning E320 Coupe AMG restoration was worth the wait

Youngtimers: One of these R107 SL500s has less than 1,000 miles on the clock, while the other tops 240,000

Motorsport: We head trackside for the DTM at Brands Hatch where Mercedes takes the fight to BMW and Audi

Roadtest: Can the new B180 CDI BlueEfficiency follow its predecessor and become the range’s best seller

Classic Choice: This rare, pre-war W21 200 is ready for the summer in a style few other cars can attempt to equal

Tuner Car: Extreme Mercedes tuner Lorinser gives this CLS350 CDI more performance and the looks to match

Roadtest: A diesel roadster? The new and frugal SLK250 CDI BlueEfficiency wows with its AMG rivalling torque

Youngtimer: One owner goes to extreme lengths to make his widebodied SEC the best he possibly can

Price Point: Have £35,000 to spend on a family wagon? A new C250 CDI estate or used R350 CDI could be for you

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 128 June 2012

Classic Collection: Pre War: Its engine may be at the ‘wrong’ end, but Mercedes got a lot right with its innovative W23 130

Classic Collection: 50s: Falling for the charms of this 190D Ponton

Classic Collection: 60s: With cutting edge design and technology, then as now the 200 Fintail is a very tempting prospect

Classic Collection: 70s: Built to protect, the 450SLC also challenged what a Mercedes-Benz coupe could and couldn’t be

Classic Collection: 80s: A subtly tuned 500SEC brimming with style, modern classic elegance and that wonderful V8

Classic Collection: Tops Tips: Advice and expert tips to help give you the confidence to get the most from your classic

First Drive: E300 Bluetec Hybrid: behind the wheel of what will be the UK’s very first hybrid Mercedes-Benz

Buyer’s Guide: Big on performance and practicality, these now great value 210-Series E55 AMGs are hard to beat

Spotlight: With this modified 190SL, all is not what it seems, as a tuned, twin-turbo V12 lurks beneath the bonnet

Motorsport: Bought blind, this fabulous Snobeck 190 is the real deal – and is preparing for a return to competition

Classic Choice: Unique in the world of Mercedes-Benz, this V114 based Crayford estate is a very special classic

Tuner Cars: Two Chinese market Carlsson Royales underline the region’s growing appetite for tuned cars

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 127 May 2012

Star Car: Mercedes’ two-seat roadster has been reborn – read our first drive of the all new R231SL

Spotlight: Join us we celebrate 60 years of the SL, the motoring legend that is still well very much alive and well today

Preview: The stunning all new A-Class is here – and we got inside the new baby Benz just ahead of its Geneva debut

Youngtimer: The amazing 1988 190E 2.6 is not only very well optioned – it has a full Mercedes-Benz service history, too

Tuner Car: Think the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is fast? Think again. Meet the 789bhp Brabus Bullit Coupe 800

Classic Choice: Come Stateside and get acquainted with this fabulous, award winning 220SE Cabriolet

Price Point: Got £30,000 to spend on an E-Class? Is a new W212 E220 CDI or a used W211 E63 AMG your best bet?

Roadtest: Safer, better built and more stylish than ever, the brand new B180 BlueEfficiency is quite a package

Take Two: Head-to-head with the best selling W203 and W204 C220 CDIs – that are now terrific value for money

Spotlight: We experience the exciting future future of in-car technology with Mercedes’ DICE sculpture

Classic Roadtest: This Japanese W114 280 could be the unusual yet still charming classic you’ve been looking for

Ownership: What are the pros and cons of winter tyres? We strap a set to our Running Report A-Class and find out

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 126 April 2012

Spotlight: 40 years of the 116s: Celebrating the very first S-Class with two shining examples

Roadtest: C250 CDI BlueEfficiency Coupe: Can the torquey turbodiesel cut it in the chic C-Class coupe?

Youngtimers: 230TEs: Two modern classic favourites bearing the same name go head-to-head

Tuner Car: Weistec CLK63 AMG Black Series: Big results for the young tuner that thinks supercharging is the answer

Classic Choice: 500K Cabriolet C: Savour this rare chance to get close to a spellbinding, pre-war stunner

Used Roadtest: V140 600SEL: Slip back nearly two decades with this 13,000-mile former royal limo

Buyer’s Guide: R170 SLKs: Have it all for less this summer with the original SLK

Spotlight: Dyno-Comp G55 AMG: When even an AMG wasn’t enough, one US tuner took this G to the extreme

Classic Roadtest: 250SE Coupe: Let’s see what you get if you are trying to live the classic dream on a budget

Ownership: What the experts drive: Two marquee experts and their hot saloons at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, USA

Youngtimer: R129 SL500: Modern classic Mercedes roadsters don’t come much more pristine

Spotlight: Modified W115 200: Saved from the scrapyard, this classic saloon has been lovingly transformed

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 125 March 2012

Star Car: ML63 AMG: Why Mercedes’ hot, new, V8 powered, twin-turbo SUV is the best yet

Youngtimer: W123 200: Bottom of the range, but the W123’s enduring qualities shine through

Roadtest: C220 CDI BlueEfficiency Coupe: We drive the entry level diesel C-Class coupe boasting 168hp and over 50mpg

Motorsport: W194: 60 years on, the W194 is now getting the recognition it so deserves

Classic Roadtest: V116 450SEL: Discover the joys and realities of buying and living with a modern classic limousine

Spotlight: Los Angeles Design Challenge: The competition was tougher than ever at 2011’s end of year challenge

Price Point: New E250 CDI Cabriolet vs Used SL350: Two very different droptops, both at £40,000 – which is the better buy?

Spotlight: SLS AMG GT3 driver training: We get to grips with Mercedes latest racing car with tuition from AMG pros

Classic Choice: 190Dc Fintail Estate: Possibly the only one of its kind, this is a very different, charming classic

Tuner Car: Platinum Motorsport SLR Roadster: The Los Angeles tuner delivers a dose of the spectacular with this all black SLR

Roadtest: CLS350 BlueEfficiency: Does the V6 petrol engine make sense in Mercedes’ four-door coupe?

Spotlight: Modified 190: Read how one passionate – and patient – enthusiast is creating the car of his dreams

Ownership Special: C43 AMG: Finally tackling the rust on the beloved Mercedes Enthusiast V8 C-Class

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 124 February 2012

Classic Choice: 250SL Pagoda Coupe: Discover the rare option that sets this gorgeous SL apart from the rest

Roadtest: C180 BlueEfficiency Coupe: Can the entry level C-Class coupe still provide two-door thrills?

Youngtimer: 190E 2.5-16 Evolution: As intoxicating as ever, this hot modern classic was worth the wait

Buyer’s Guide: 209-Series CLKs: Great looking, modern coupes and cabrios for less than you might think

Motorsport: Fintail racer: Join us for an unexpected first at the Nurburgring

Roadtest: SLK350 BlueEfficiency: The fastest, non AMG SLK masters the art of being frugal and fun

Classic Choice: 300Sc Coupe: Rare and beautiful, this 1957 coupe now lives a charmed existence with owners who want as many to see it as possible

Spotlight: C180 vs C36 AMG: Get a taste of ownership at both ends of the W202 C-Class spectrum

Profile: Advanced Design Studio, Como: Visit Mercedes’ dedicated interior design studio, set in a beautiful Italian mansion

Ownership: W115 200: This four-cylinder saloon proves that classics can be enjoyed on a budget

Tuner Car: Brabus G V12 S 800 Widestar: Brabus fits its E V 12 biturbo engine into the G-Wagen with truly astonishing results

Used Roadtest: S320 CDI: The best selling W220 S-Class has it all and can be yours for under £13,000

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 123 January 2012

Star Car special: SLK55 AMG: New firepower, new kit and a new look, the hot baby roadster is back

Star Car special: C63 AMG Coupe Black Series: AMG goes hard core with the fastest ever C-Class, a true track star

Youngtimer: 420SEL: Step back in time with this fabulous, low mile 126-series S-Class

Spotlight: Modified CLK: A clean, low look gives this 208-series CLK320 Coupe real street appeal

Preview: New SL: Get the low-down on the technology behind the all new for 2012 SL

Classic Choice: 300SL Roadster: Rolling through Beverly Hills in this very special classic convertible

Price Point: New C220 CDI Coupe vs Used E350 CDI Coupe: £35,000 bags a new four-cylinder or used V6 diesel coupe - which is the better buy?

Technology : @yourComand: Delving into the exciting world of next generation in-car entertainment

Youngtimer: 240D: Proof that regular loving care can make that factory fresh feel last forever

Tuner Car: FAB Design SLS AMG: The Swiss tuner's stage one SLS AMG whets our appetite - there is more to come!

Road test: C350 CDI BlueEfficiency Estate: The incredible thrust of this turbodiesel V6 makes this facelifted wagon one to savour

Take two: CL500s: Top of the range, luxury coupes head to head - satisfaction guaranteed