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MBCA Membership Card – History & Options

 Let me say I wasn’t very happy when the club discontinued printing membership cards. But then again, I wasn’t a huge fan of the card we sent out, either. Since becoming the National Membership Chair, I’ve done some research into why the club…

President's Column - Time for a Drive

Finally! It’s Spring again! The calendar says so anyway, and in northeast Indiana, I have hyacinths, daffodils and day lilie shooting up green sprouts all over my landscape beds. That joyous rebirth of Spring can only mean one thing: it’s time to…

Review: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA35

The Mercedes-AMG GLA35 is the smallest SUV in the Mercedes family. Honestly, it’s really what most of us would call a hatchback car, but in the modern era it’s more fashionable to call it a crossover SUV. However, by any name the GLA is among the…

The “Pocket Mercedes”

The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is one of the rarest and most desirable cars ever produced. Recently, I have come across an artifact that is even more rare than the Gullwing itself. While working on the article on the diverse Mercedes-Benz automobiles…

300SL Buyer's Guide

Any Mercedes-Benz enthusiast will surely recognize the two magical gullwing doors that instantly identify the original sport-leicht supercar. Simply put, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupe and roadster are the most memorable Mercedes-Benzes ever made.…

Rudi Caracciola - His Race to the Top

  “I’m sure that of all the great drivers I knew—Rosemeyer, Lang, Nuvolari, Moss and Fangio—the greatest was Rudolf Caracciola,” said Alfred Neubauer, Mercedes racing manager from the 1920s to the 1950s. The record tells part of the story.…

The Land Speed Car That Almost Was

By the late 1930s Mercedes-Benz was fast running out of new engineering fields to conquer. The company was already the most influential car and truck building concern in Germany. It was an acknowledged automotive technical innovator, it was a…

300SL - The Gold Standard in Collecting

An Internet search for the 50 most expensive cars ever sold at auction found only two Mercedes-Benz automobiles. One was a 1936 540S Special Roadster at $37.7 million, and a 1954 W196 open-wheel Gran Prix Racer for $31.7 million. The G.P. Racer was…

A Visit to Atelier Paul Bracq

The Pagoda design storyWhen it comes to the most memorable and popular classic Mercedes-Benz models of the 60’s and 70’s, a model stands out from the rest: The Pagoda SL W113. The story begins in 1960 when the time had come to replace the 190SL.…

Unicorn

“Yes Virginia, unicorns do exist.” Well, ones made of metal, glass, and rubber at least. Back in 2018, Bob Torre Jr. and Randy Elber had just recently opened their shop R&R Restorations in Mount Kisco, New York. Word filtered into the shop about…