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Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 158 December 2014 

First Drive: GLA250 4matic
Young Timer Special: Join us as we celebrate 25 years of the R129 SL with five very special examples
Interview: We talk to engineering genius Karl-Heinz Baumann and discover his role in developing the R129 SL
Young Timer: Inherited with a property in Majorca and now back in the UK, this W123 230E has covered 18,000 miles!
Tuner Cars: 4WD makes the difference for Kleemann’s 808bhp E63, which succeeds a RWD supercharged version
Spotlight We go deep into Land Rover territory with an imported G300 and re-emerge with the cars honour intact
Event: Formed in 1971, the United Arab Emirates has formed a unique bond with Mercedes-Benz cars
Ownership: A no-compromise suspension overhaul for this stunning E36 AMG Cabriolet has worked wonders
Profile: Read the story of how the late great Bjorn Waldegard gave Mercedes its first modern rallying title

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 157 November 2014 

Star Car: Discover why the new Mercedes-AMG GT could be the best sports car the company has made
Classic Choice: We get behind the wheel of a stunning W111 280SE 3.5 Coupe sporting modern tweaks
Roadtest: Achieving 100mpg on the combined cycle. The new S500 Plugin hybrid -signals a new dawn for limousines
Ownership: Lusting after an AMG as a child, this owner’s C36, E55 & C63 are a credit to his passion for the marque
Classic Choice: this restored, South African 170Da bakkie demonstrates how practical cab be beautiful too.
Roadtest: the new C-Class estate range promises to be the most diverse and capable yet – read our verdict!
Tuner Car: Discover how Gemballa turned the SLR into something even more potent with its Roadster GT
Interview: We talk to Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in the UK

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 156 October 2014 

Performance Special: 500SEL AMG: Previously owned by The Beatles’ lead guitarist, George Harrison, this 126 has a period AMG bodykit
Performance Special: MKB 70TE: Fitted with a 521bhp M120 V12 by German tuner MKB, this could be the ultimate 124-series estate
Performance Special: SL55 AMG vs SL63 AMG: Two generations of AMG’s large roadster go head-to-head – expect fireworks!
Performance Special: W100 600: Driving Mercedes’ sublime limousine of old on some of South Africa’s most picturesque routes
Performance Special: A250 Revozsport: Packing almost 300bhp, this carbon fibre bodied A-Class pulls no punches on Norwegian roads
Performance Special: M156 AMG V8 Tribute: Celebrating AMG’s 6.2-litre motor with a blast through Europe to Affalterbach
Performance Special: Tobias Moers: We catch up with AMG’s boss after a year in the driving seat and discuss the future of the company
Performance Special: Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000: Under sleek carbon fibre body panels lurks the hottest M117 V8 ever imagined
Performance Special: E300 Bluetec Hybrid: Is it possible to drive over 1,200 miles on a single tank of fuel?

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 155 September 2014

Star Car: Read our verdict on the new S-Class coupe which promises a far sportier drive than its predecessor
Technology: The S-Class coupe’s curve tilting function is one of many suspension innovations from Mercedes-Benz
Youngtimer: Step back in time with this 14,000-mile 560SEC complete with period Lorinser alloy wheels
Profile: We go behind the scenes at Binz and discover why this long-time conversion specialist was thriving again
Star Project: Rotting away, this once red 190SL was given a gorgeous new look thanks to its latest keeper
Tuner Car: Brabus’ S 850 6.0 Biturbo iBusiness is a technological tour de force packing an 838bhp V8 motor
Classic Choice: Don’t be fooled by its pristine drophead form, this 300 Cabriolet D loves to hit the open road
Motorsport: This year’s Nurburgring 24-hour race provided many thrills and spills!

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 154 August 2014

First Drive: The S300 Bluetec Hybrid makes its case
Youngtimer: As the most powerful C123 in the range, this 280CE has lost going for it, even before you see its hue
Roadtest: Read our first UK drive of the new C220 Bluetec AMG line, set to be a big seller on these shores
Take Two: AMG’s first compact roadster, the V6 engined SLK32, takes on the latest SLK55 that packs a 5.5-litre, NA V8
Classic Choice: Previously owned by Spanish royalty, this 220S Coupe is a remarkable example of its kind
Tuner Car: Danish tuner Kleemann adds its potent supercharger kit to the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series
Profile: We pay a visit to the AMG Centre in Gothenberg, run by a Swedish family with a history in the car sales business
Event: The annual MBE Landstreff meet in Norway brings together a fabulous array of classic and modified Mercedes
Used Roadtest: It may be two generations old, but this V220 S500L has covered under 6,000 miles since 2004

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 153 July 2014

Spotlight: The new S63 AMG meets its V8 predecessors, the 126-series 560SEL and 116-series 450SEL 6.9
Event: Car modifiers go head-to-head in the tuner GP
Youngtimer: This 190E 2.6 may look standard, but under the bonnet lurks a Turbo Technics twin-turbo kit
Roadtest Special: We put the UK’s new GLA220 CDI 4Matic through its paces – 200 feet underground!
Spotlight: Satisfying two very different Mercedes camps, this 220Sb Fintail has an amazing secret
Tuner Car: Based on a special edition version of the AMG V12 roadster, the MKB SL65 blows away all before it
Classic Choice: This 130 model was part of a trio of rear engine Mercedes that promised cheaper motoring
Youngtimer: Fitted with a five-litre M117 V8, this C123 draws little attention until the driver unleashes its potential
Used Roadtest: With under 12,000 miles on the clock, this 2007 CLK220 CDI Coupe made quite the used buy
Buyers Guide: Early C216 CL-Classes

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 152 June 2014

Spotlight: Developed by Rudolph Uhlenhaut and sporting exotic doors, the 1955 300SLR coupe is a car like no other
Roadtest Special: We step into the shoes of an S-Class buyer for a handover experience at MB World
Roadtest Special: A 250-mile journey tells us everything we need to know about the 350 Bluetec L
Pre–war Motorsport: A 1903 Mercedes-Simplex 60hp that follows the tyre tracks of its rally contemporary
Tuner Car: What would a four-door Black Series be like? German Special Customs offers an answer with its CLS63
Classic Choice: Finished in Beige Grey, this restored 280SL Pagoda is now ready for a busy life on the road
Interview: We talk to DTM racing driver and F1 test pilot Daniel Juncadella before he begins a career defining season
Motorsport: This 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II scored race wins in DTM in 1992, and now competes in hillclimb events
Tuner Car: The Mosselman 300SL-24 Biturbo showed just what was possible with turbos back in the early 1990s

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 151 May 2014

Star Car: We get our hands on the eagerly anticipated new C-Class in petrol and diesel forms – read our verdict!
Classic Choice: Two W111 280SE 3.5s – one a cabriolet enhanced by Mechatronik, and the other an original coupe
Tuner Car: UK based, Weistec engineering agent MSL Performance lets us loose in its supercharged C63 AMG
Youngtimer: Values of 126-series SECs are on the up, and after driving this 500 V8 model it’s hard to see why
Spotlight: In C63, E63 and CL63 forms, the latest AMG estates spice up the decision to go the practical route
Classic Choice: This W114 250C is not an obvious choice for a concours level restoration, but what a result!
Youngtimer: Packing a special V12 tweaked by AMG, this record breaking R129 SL has an amazing backstory
Take Two: With rare, period bodystyling, these modified 126s will never fail to stand out from the crowd
Price Point: For around £55,000, you could purchase a brand new SLK55 AMG or a used SL350 AMG Sport

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 150 April 2014

Star Car: Behind the wheel of the new GLA – it could be the best small Merc yet
Youngtimer Special: A striking W126 S-Class was presented to Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison
Classic Choice: Equipped with the later 2.8-litre engine, this well-kept W114 250 saloon proves an inspiring steer
Tuner Car: Thought the W124 E500 was quick? Think again – Brabus tears up the rule book with its E500 6.5
Take Two: Mercedes-Benz’s first compact performance star, the 190E 2.3-16, takes on the latest A45 AMG
Classic Choice: The post-war 300S Roadster was one of the fastest and expensive cars you could buy
Roadtest: Weighing almost 2.6 tonnes and with seating for seven, the 594hp GL63 AMG is not your average SUV
Youngtimers: Close friends with a passion for R107s end up with near identical 280SLs in pristine Signal Red
Buyer’s Guide: Oozing tradition, 220 S-Classes promise much to the aspiring owner willing to do a bit of homework

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 149 March 2014

Classic Choice: Formerly owned by actor Denholm Elliott, this 190SL Roadster has since been revitalised
Take Two: With a C36 AMG and C43 AMG Estate at his disposal, this proud owner clearly loves fast 202 C-Classes
Youngtimer: Running on LPG, this W126 S-Class proves modern classic motoring doesn’t have to be expensive
Roadtest: Equipped with the optional performance pack, the mighty SL63 AMG stares down full blooded supercars
Classic Hot Rod: It is not until you look under the bonnet that you realise the potential of this superb V8 Fintail
Spotlight: Such is the refinement of the standard W221 S-Class, this Kleemann S500 can still be used every day
Youngtimer: Shipped over from America, this well kept S123 300TD Turbodiesel is now lapping up life in Germany
Used Roadtest: For just a few thousand pounds, this W210 E220 CDI offers inexpensive Mercedes motoring
Price Point: With over 200bhp and great handling for around £25,000 you could buy a new A250 or used C250

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 148 February 2014

Classic Choice: Finished in a factory copper hue, this magnificent W111 220seB Coupe is worth a pretty penny
Youngtimer: Production of the 190E 2.5-16 ended over 20 years ago, but the saloon remains a spectacular prospect
Take Two: South Africa hosts an exciting duel between V8 SLs from the R107 and latest R231 generations
Spotlight: Insired by the 1955 racing sports car, this 300SLR recreation is not your average replica
Tuner Car: Vath offers engine tuning packages for the CLA250 Sport including one with near CLA45 AMG power
Youngtimer: This 280SE straight-six proves there is more to the W116 S-Classes than the V8 models
Spotlight: A trio of modified Mercs demonstrate the more subtle and wholly successful side of tuning
Roadtest: Does the E350 Bluetec Estate AMG Sport offer something its more frugal stablemates cannot?
Ownership: Originality is paramount for this owner in Sydney with a diverse and beautiful classic collection
Buyer’s Guide: In facelifted form, W203 C-Classes offer refined comfort and modern prestige for limited budgets

Mercedes Enthusiast Issue 147 January 2014

Classic Choice: Fantastic roads, beautiful weather and classic Mercedes with 6.3, 6.9 and 4.5 badges – sheer bliss
Youngtimer: Repainted and subtly modified, this Bornite S124 E280 Estate makes a very striking family mover
Roadtest: Appealing to the heart as well as the head, the new CLA220 CDI AMG Sport makes efficiency sexy
Spotlight: With a widebody kit, nitrous oxide injection and more, this modified C63 AMG shreds rubber for fun
Classic Roadtest: This youthful 500SEC has a few surprises up its sleeve and is one of the last pre facelift cars
Spotlight: Seeing is believing – body shell cleaning expert SPL turns around the fortunes of a rusty Pagoda
Ownership: With the keys to an R107 roadster, W124 saloon and V126 limo, this owner is utterly spoilt for choice
Tuner Car: Behold the 838bhp Brabus CLS850, with more sheer grunt than you could ever hope for
Roadtest: The diesel-electric E300 Bluetec Hybrid Estate SE promises range topping efficiency – can it deliver?
Price Point: In the market for an SUV? You could buy a new ML350 Bluetec or used GL350 CDI for similar money