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"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?" That's the opening line of "Mercedes-Benz," a song most famously recorded by singer Janis Joplin in the early 1970s. The tune gently poked fun at materialism and our desire for the finer things in life. It's fitting that the renowned German marque figures...

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"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?" That's the opening line of "Mercedes-Benz," a song most famously recorded by singer Janis Joplin in the early 1970s. The tune gently poked fun at materialism and our desire for the finer things in life. It's fitting that the renowned German marque figures prominently in the lyric. Mercedes-Benz has long been known for crafting vehicles that emphasize luxury and refinement. For many, its vehicles are sleek symbols of status, success and good taste.

In January of 1886, Karl Benz unveiled the world's first automobile, a three-wheeled vehicle dubbed the Benz Patent Motor Car. A few months later, Gottlieb Daimler and his chief engineer Wilhelm Maybach rolled out a four-wheeled vehicle powered by his Daimler engine. The first Mercedes was crafted in 1901, shortly after Daimler's death. Built by Maybach, the car was commissioned by Emil Jellinek, one of Daimler's primary distributors, and was ultimately named after Jellinek's daughter, Mercedes.

In 1926, the companies founded by Daimler and Benz merged to form Daimler-Benz AG, and the Mercedes-Benz brand was born. The company's insignia was a three-pointed star wreathed in a laurel; the star was dreamed up by Daimler years earlier, and its three points signified the fact that his engines were used in vehicles that traveled land, air and sea.

Right from the start, the Mercedes-Benz name was synonymous with automotive excellence. One of the automaker's earliest vehicles, the 1931 Mercedes-Benz 170, distinguished itself as the world's first production car to offer a technology that was nothing short of extraordinary for the day: four-wheel independent suspension. The '30s and '40s saw Mercedes establishing itself as the brand of choice for car buyers seeking the ultimate in luxury, thanks to coveted cruisers like the 380 and 540K.

The 1950s witnessed the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing," a sports car that has been described as being the world's first supercar. With its dramatic styling and race-bred technology, the 300 SL reigns today as a classic coveted by collectors worldwide. The decade also saw Daimler-Benz making strides in the area of safety technology. The company's Mercedes-Benz 220 sedans were the first vehicles to incorporate its patented "crumple zone" body design, created to absorb impact in the event of a crash.

In 1963, the company cemented its reputation as the home of automotive luxury with the launch of the Mercedes-Benz 600. The elegant, luxurious sedan was also available as a limousine and featured an ahead-of-its-time air suspension system and a V8 engine that boasted 300 horsepower. The decade also saw the launch of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. This full-size sedan went from zero to 60 in under seven seconds, distinguishing itself as the quickest luxury car is its day.

The 1970s saw the birth of the brand's storied S-Class line of vehicles, opulent sedans and coupes that coddled passengers with powerful engines and a long list of luxury features. The decade also saw Mercedes continuing on the cutting edge of safety technology, by being the first to offer antilock brakes in its vehicles.

Daimler-Benz's safety advancements continued in the 1980s. Its cars were the first to offer airbags and traction control. The manufacturer also raised the bar in terms of ride comfort and handling when it introduced multilink rear suspension. The technology debuted on the compact Mercedes-Benz 190 E, and it remains a vital component of the company's chassis engineering to this day.

Mercedes-Benz vehicles got an extra dose of power and performance in the 1990s, thanks to the manufacturer's partnership with AMG, a performance and tuning shop that was eventually purchased by the company to help produce ultra-high-performance versions of some of its vehicles. The first AMG model offered in the U.S. was the sporty C36 AMG in 1995; since then, Mercedes has gone on to offer an AMG-tuned version of almost all of its vehicles.

The company's current lineup is the most comprehensive in its history. With a variety of sedans, coupes, SUVs and roadsters filling Mercedes showrooms, it seems like the only thing missing is a pickup truck. Surely, the fact that Janis Joplin's song holds as much relevance today as it did four decades ago is a strong indicator that the brand's premier status is still very much intact.

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 4 Dr 190E 2.6 Sedan View photos
1994 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4 Dr E320 Sedan View photos
1994 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4 Dr E320 Sedan View photos
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300 4 Dr 300TE 4WD Wagon View photos
1991 Mercedes-Benz 350 4 Dr 350SD Turbodsl Sedan View photos
1994 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4 Dr E320 Sedan View photos
1991 Mercedes-Benz 300 4 Dr 300SEL Sedan View photos
1993 Mercedes-Benz 500 2 Dr 500SEC Coupe View photos
1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S420 Sedan View photos
1991 Mercedes-Benz 300 4 Dr 300SEL Sedan View photos
1993 Mercedes-Benz 500 2 Dr 500SEC Coupe View photos
1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S420 Sedan View photos
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C32 AMG 4dr Sedan View photos
2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG 4dr Sedan View photos
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Exterior View photos
2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sports Coupe View photos
2005 Mercedes-Benz C200 CDI Wagon; European Market Model Shown View photos
1994 Mercedes-Benz 500 View photos
1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4 Dr C43 Sedan View photos
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class CLA45 AMG Sedan Exterior View photos
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class CLA250 Sedan Exterior View photos
2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK63 AMG Convertible Exterior View photos
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG 4dr Sedan View photos
2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E430 4dr Sedan View photos
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 Sport Hybrid Sedan Exterior View photos
1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4 Dr STD E300TD Turbodsl Sedan View photos
2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G63 AMG 4dr SUV Exterior View photos
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL63 AMG 4dr SUV Exterior View photos
2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL350 BlueTEC SUV View photos
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC 4dr SUV Exterior View photos
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class GLK350 4MATIC SUV Shown View photos
2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML450 Hybrid SUV View photos
2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML55 AMG AWD 4dr SUV View photos
2000 Mercedes Benz ML-Class ML55 AMG 4WD 4dr SUV View photos
2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R320 CDI Station Wagon View photos
2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R63 AMG Wagon Exterior View photos
2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R500 4dr Wagon AWD View photos
1993 Mercedes-Benz 500 2 Dr 500SEC Coupe View photos
1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4 Dr S420 Sedan View photos
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S400 Hybrid Sedan View photos
2004 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG 4dr Sedan View photos
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S63 AMG Sedan View photos
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL65 AMG Black Series Coupe View photos
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 2dr Coupe View photos
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Convertible Exterior View photos
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Exterior View photos
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe Exterior View photos
2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 144 WB Cargo Van View photos
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