Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz, independently of each other, invented the motorcar in 1886. The salesmanship of Jellinek coupled with the genius of Maybach catapulted Daimler into the top echelons, under the non Germanic name of Mercedes. Later on due to the economy the Daimler and Benz companies merged in 1926, and the motorcars produced thereafter called Mercedes-Benz, from top of the range S,SS and SSK, to the 500K and 540K's of the 1930's as well as the smaller cars. Post war started with the small prewar 170 which was slowly modernised in petrol and diesel formats. By 1951 a 6 cylinder type 300 was introduced. The same year the 170 became a 180 while a new 4 cylinder 190 was the first to have a overhead cam and valves. This 190 was developed into the 220, and the 300 series was improved year on year. By 1964 the V8 6.3 Mercedes 600 was available, mostly to heads of state, and in various body specifications including armour plate.
From the Adenauer 300 was developed the 300SL (1954) and later the smaller 190SL (1956), Fintail (1959) and the rage of cars spawned from the 220SE W111 in 1960 (280SE, 300SE), then the heir to the 190SL the "Pagoda" 230SL in 1963. The S Class started in 1965. The next big jump was the 350SL W107 that came in 1972 and 500SEL and off road G Class in 1979 and the list goes on!