First produced in 1928, Mercedes-Benz Coupés became the embodiment of elegance and exclusivity on four wheels. Their design became an experience for all the senses, appealing to every emotion. Hans-Dieter Futschik, the designer responsible for many of the later Mercedes-Benz models, said of the Saloon Coupé: 'A shorter wheelbase compared with the saloons gives it different proportions that are almost sports car-like in character. The passenger compartment is set further back. This gives it a sportier look than a saloon. In addition, the greenhouse is smaller and more streamlined than the basic body. It looks like a small head set on a muscular body, exuding a powerful and more dynamic attitude... Everything radiates power, elegance and agility.' This complete guide includes an overview of early automotive history; pre-merger design from both Benz and Daimler; the historical protagonists and how they influenced the design; how design and fashion change vehicle shape; the continued development of Saloon Coupe design to suit every class and finally, the modern idea of the Coupe.
Mercedes-Benz Saloon Coupe by Nik Greene
About the author
Dr Nik Greene has written many feature articles and regular copy for classic car and club magazines in the UK and France. When not working as a criminologist he prefers to spend his time in the Limousin area of France where he has a property with ample barn and workshop space for his cars. Apart from the Mercedes 560SE and the Mercedes G-Wagen, his stable also includes several classic Citroens and Renaults.
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